Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Psalm 40:5-10

Year A - Annunciation or Creation’s Conception
March 25, 2014

Creation’s birthday is another time to celebrate a covenant service. While doing so it is also important to keep alert to the temptation to idolize our relationship with G*D where G*D cannot be aspired to, only obeyed, and we are entirely at G*D’s behest.

The Wesleyan Covenant Service includes sentiments such as: 

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 for 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.

While finding this to be personally meaningful in a non-attached way, in its prescribed form there is no wrestling through to an agreed upon meaning, there is only signing on. As long as this is a relational document revealing steadfast love, it continues to bear some fruit. When it becomes a control mechanism to not step outside some currently perceived “plan” or “G*D’s will”, our sense of beloved community goes askew and we settle for hierarchy instead of partnership.

To see what this looked like to generations before us go to:

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