A day we claim His presence is HERE!
Good Morning Sweet Friends, I have to say that my heart is so full today after a night of worship with the Bethel Worship team in Alabama last night. One of my heart passions is for unity in the body of Christ, and I think I have hit almost every denomination in the last ten days in some way. My intent is not to lead anyone to a church denomination, but to lead you to Jesus, and many days I feel like I am chasing Him. I want to experience what He is doing in a Baptist church and a non-denominational church and a Catholic church and an Episcopal and Presbyterian church. From my view, He is moving in mighty ways bringing us all together with one heart.....a heart for more of Him. I love that:)
After the white smoke rising yesterday brought in a new Pope and a night of pure worship, I feel in the midst of all of the worldly struggles that God is surely here and the movement will continue in mighty ways! I realize many of you are not from Catholic roots and don't know much about the papal election, but I hope even from a distance you can appreciate the person chosen to lead 1.2 Billion believers. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was not a front runner, but a simply man who lived the heart of St Francis. He was one that did not order new Cardinal attire when selected to this esteemed role, but chose to mend the previous Cardinals garb. He chose to ride the transit, and his heart was devoted to the poor and the church meeting people where they were. As you can see from the picture above, he is a humble servant, and he did not choose a name of power, but one that represented the devotion to being less so God can do more through us. The prayer below is reflective of the life of St. Francis and the life Pope Francis follows. The Word says that God looks at the heart, and it is quite evident that this man was chosen for his heart for Him. I wanted to share this prayer of St Francis with you, because it is beautiful prayer regardless of your denomination. If we could all be an instrument of peace and love and faith.
- Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
- Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
- Where there is injury, pardon;
- Where there is doubt, faith;
- Where there is despair, hope;
- Where there is darkness, light;
- Where there is sadness, joy.
- O Divine Master,
- grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
- to be understood, as to understand;
- to be loved, as to love.
- For it is in giving that we receive.
- It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
- and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
- So from the white smoke of the Sistine Chapel to the words of praise coming from a nondenominational worship team out of a Baptist church, may we continue to sing in one accord....give us hearts to love and serve you, Jesus!
- In His Wings,