Or perhaps that should say...afternoon cup of coffee. Oh well.
This has been a busy week - but of good things. One of those was an opportunity to stretch some of those seminary muscles and teach at our weekly women's Bible study. We're in Ephesians 4 right now, and as I was preparing, I was reminded of 1) the incredible power of our words to speak life and grace or death and destruction (see Eph. 4:29) and 2) how important the Holy Spirit is for empowering us to obey God and look like Jesus. I'm thankful He has already given us what we need for "life and godliness," and all we have to do is step out actively in faith and obedience. Admittedly, that's the tricky part.
Happy St. Patrick's Day! I thought I would share with you the famous "breastplate" prayer that has been attributed to St. Patrick. I find it a powerful example of the desire to be completely consumed by Christ - protected, upheld, filled, surrounded by Him. For those of you who are more interested in a musical version, I've included the song "Christ Be All Around Me" by All Sons and Daughters that employs these beautiful words.
I arise today
Through the strength of Christ's birth with His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom...
I arise today, through
God's strength to pilot me,
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptation of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill, afar and near...
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness of the Creator of creation.
May you sense Christ "all around you" this weekend, friends.