14th January

Abandonment to God

Lord God … you show your people your love when they live in wholehearted obedience to you. 2 Chronicles 6: 14

Four things by which the Kingdom of heaven may be pursued: stability and detachment from the world, devotion and constancy.
Colman mac Beognae The Alphabet of Devotion

O God
manage me
because I can’t manage myself.
A schoolboy

Selwyn Hughes, the veteran author of Bible reading notes ‘Everyday with Jesus‘, was asked by a TV interviewer “What is the most important lesson you have learned?” “Dependency”, Selwyn replied. “Life works better when you throw all your weight on Christ. Not part of your weight, not even a lot of your weight. All of your weight.”

I am giving you worship with my whole life
I am giving you assent with my whole power
I am giving you praise with my whole tongue
I am giving you honour with my whole speech

I am giving you reverence with my whole understanding
I am giving you dedication with my whole thought
I am giving you praise with my whole fervour
I am giving you humility in the blood of the Lamb

I am giving you love with my whole devotion
I am giving you kneeling with my whole desire
I am giving you love with my whole heart
I am giving you affection with my whole sense
I am giving you existence with my whole mind
I am giving you my soul, O God of all gods.

My thought, my deed
My word, my will
My understanding, my intellect
My way, my state.
Carmina Gadelica