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Cement In Our Lives

At church yesterday, this question was posed, “Is Jesus the cornerstone of our lives?”

We were asked to consider those things we could not do without in our lives, then pounced on by a microphone wielding vicar. The words she gathered were written on shoeboxes which were stacked into a column at the front of the church.

There was: friendship, food, health, home, humour, music, authenticity to name a few.

The point to this audience participation, replete with visual aid, was this: when all these earthly essentials are stripped away, Jesus is our cornerstone, our foundation, the bedrock of our faith. It is easy saying this, sat here in the warmth and comfort of my home, and the security of the place I live. However, the true test of faith is in the doing, in adversity, as Jesus showed us. When we are oppressed, when we are persecuted, when we are being tortured, when we are seriously ill, when our voice is being taken away from us, when we feel there is nothing left, there is always Jesus. This is when we truly realise He is our cornerstone, and through Him all things are possible. How comforting it is, though, to know this, to truly appreciate this fact, in our everyday lives, every second, of every day, rather than waiting, and often dreading, adversity to strike?

When I prayed as I woke, about whether I should or should not attend church this Sunday morning, this prayer came to me. I hope you do not mind me sharing it with you?


🙏🏻

Thank you for today.

Help me to see the rain through this pain

your life-giving

your life sustaining rain.

When my faith is all I have left

you remind me that is all I need

when I offer the gift of love to myself and others

your unconditional love for me

for everyone.

Which is easier said than done, Lord.

Words must be supported and encouraged by actions.

Words and actions which teach me about myself

and lead me closer to you in thought, prayer and deed.

Heavenly Father

All the things I feel are missing in my life

all my gifts that I feel are stagnating

help me to offer them to others today and everyday:

those people I know;

those people I think I know;

those people I do not want to know;

but, most importantly, those people in distress and despair

whom I will never know unless I make an effort to get to know them first.

And thank you for reminding me that

knowing comes from listening

really listening

actively listening

while accepting and being non judgemental.

Only you judge, your son told us this, He came to save.

Help us to save ourselves and others through your never ending love.

Amen


This should I or should I not go to church prayer shows wonderful synchronicity, reveals God’s grace to me, which intensified in the Sunday morning service’s intercessions (which were a different style than I had ever heard before at this church) when the following prayers were offered:

One by Saint Teresa of Avila:


🙏

Christ has no body now on earth but yours

no hands but yours

no feet but yours.

Yours are the eyes through which

to look out on Christ’s compassion to the world.

Yours are the feet

with which he is to go about doing good

Yours are the hands

with which he is to bless people now.


And one by Michel Quoist (repeated here courtesy of GoodReads):


Quoist - The Brick.jpeg


The moment this brick prayer was offered, these words appeared in my prayerful state:

Yes, we are all a brick. We are all important, from the high flying to the low lying, and we are all equal. We are all a brick, we are all equal to the next brick, our neighbouring brick, those beside us, those above us, and those below us. And down, down, down into the depths, into the darkness and the dampness, Jesus is our cornerstone. And this sand, cement and water, this mortar, joining us together, keeping us all connected, giving us the strength to stand upright, to stand tall, to stop us from falling apart, is the Holy Spirit.

Amen.


Bible Passages referencing Jesus as our Cornerstone:

Job 38:6, Psalm 118:22, Isaiah 19:13, Isaiah 28:16, Jeremiah 51:26, Zechariah 10:4, Matthew 21:42, Mark 12:10, Luke 20:17, Acts 4:11, Ephesians 2:20, 1 Peter 2:6 and 1 Peter 2:7.

Author:

First and foremost I am a reader, then a storyteller. My reading tastes are eclectic. My writing can focus around the intimacy of closed settings and may tend towards characters who might be hiding something from themselves.

8 thoughts on “Cement In Our Lives

  1. Dear Kelvin
    Thank you for posting this; I found it helpful to read and pray it with you.
    Do you know the Methodist covenant prayer? We say it together in the first service of the new calendar year. It speaks very strongly about the different forms of service we can offer, but it makes it clear that it is God’s will for us that is paramount. Here it is.

    A covenant with God

    I am no longer my own but yours.
    Put me to what you will,
    rank me with whom you will;
    put me to doing,
    put me to suffering;
    let me be employed for you,
    or laid aside for you,
    exalted for you,
    or brought low for you;
    let me be full,
    let me be empty,
    let me have all things,
    let me have nothing:
    I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
    to your pleasure and disposal.
    And now, glorious and blessed God,
    Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
    you are mine and I am yours. So be it.
    And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.’

    You can find out more here
    http://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/the-methodist-church/what-is-distinctive-about-methodism/a-covenant-with-god/

    With very best wishes
    Penny

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    1. Thanks Penny, so kind and thoughtful of you to share this prayer with me. It sounds scary, but one thing I have come to understand is God’s will for us, for each and everyone of us is always done lovingly to help us to grow, closer to Him.

      Thanks for the link, too, it has been bookmarked and read.

      With very best wishes

      Kelvin

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  2. A good read Kelvin, thank you for your insightful words. My home is a solid brick one, my heart is a good solid one, brick upon brick you’ve layered my heart, layer after layer you strengthened my soul,

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