The God of ‘Yes’

This is a prayer that was read at our staff prayer this morning. Marianne, our College’s Director of Spirituality, wrote it (actually adapted it from a meditation that meant a lot to her). I thought it was worth sharing.

When the ads offer us everything
If only we have the money
Lord, help us to say ‘No.’
When you offer us everything
If only we do without,
Lord, help us to say ‘Yes.’

When the easier way to succeed
Means we lose our integrity,
Lord, help us to say ‘No.’
When the harder way to succeed
Means we let go of our pride,
Lord, help us to say ‘Yes.’

When people want us to conform
And avoid creating a disturbance,
Lord, help us to say ‘No.’
When you want us to rebel
And bring about change,
Lord, help us to say ‘Yes.’

When our friends don’t respect
What we count as important,
Lord, help us to say ‘No.’
When you cakll us your children
With Jesus, our brother,
Lord, help us to say ‘Yes.’

When we feel like giving in
Just to save face,
Lord, help us to say ‘No.’
When you promise to be with us
Whatever may happen,
Lord, help us to say ‘Yes.’

You, O Lord, are the God of possibilities,
The God of change,
The God of ‘Yes.’
Let me be your ‘Yes’ in the world today.
Amen

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4 thoughts on “The God of ‘Yes’

  1. Thanks Jon … want to sit with those words for awhile.

    We used a similar-but-different idea in Devotions for staff yesterday:

    Fast from judging others…feast on Jesus’ love and acceptance.
    Fast from words that pollute…feast on words that encourage and heal.
    Fast from discontent…feast on being thankful.
    Fast from anger…feast on patience.
    Fast from worry…feast on peace and power.
    Fast from complaining…feast on appreciating what we have.
    Fast from negatives…feast on being positive.
    Fast from feeling anxious…feast on unceasing prayer.
    Fast from bitterness…feast on forgiveness.
    Fast from self concern…feast on compassion for others.
    Fast from discouragement…feast on hope.
    Fast from facts that depress…feast on truths that up lift.
    Fast from suspicion…feast on truth.
    Fast from self thoughts that weaken…feast on promises that inspire.
    Fast from idle gossip…feast on purposeful silence.
    (adapted from DiscipleshipNow Ministries)

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