Pentecost +4 Sunday – C4
What to do when your thanks are given back to you with a task to take your thankfulness and apply it in the most difficult place known - home?
Mr. Gerasene was faced with this situation. Presumably he did it and became the forerunner of the Wesleyan Covenant Service:
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.
= = = = = = =
where the hurt began
to test the welcome
and be tested