The day after Easter I launched out on what I’ve now called a Resurrection Adventure. You can read a more full description of that here in “What Does Resurrection Life Look Like?” As I stepped out, my daughter Katie and the Redheaded-Wildflower joined me. Then last Sunday about fifty people from my church, Saint James Presbyterian also joined in. I’d love to have you join in too.
My daughter defined the adventure by saying “What if, we said yes to whatever we felt Jesus asking us to do. It could be as small as a smile, dropping everything to play, [or as large as] buying groceries for someone, forgiving a hurt quickly, praying instead of worrying.”
After a full week of this exciting and difficult journey, I realized that I had not yet sought God for the provision and power of the Holy Spirit to say, Yes. That then is the heart of today’s Sunday Psalm: The Power to Say Yes to God.
I confess I’ve started on this adventure with a half empty knapsack. It contains my honest desire to say yes to you. It contains meager hope you’ll be with me as I climb and labor to love and serve you, the living Lord, in daily life. But now from the side of the road, I admit my intentions and desires are not enough. I need you.
My eyes are not wide or sharp enough to see you in your beauty and glory. Let me see through your eyes.
My heart’s not open or big enough for you, much less your other children. Work a miracle in my tiny, fearful heart. Give me capacity and courage.
My will is not steely enough to climb the steep sections of the trail.
God who is with me,
Through your Holy Spirit empower me:
To say YES to living a resurrected life,
To say YES to living in light rather than the dark,
To say YES to walking in forgiveness rather than guilt,
To say YES to throwing off shame,
To say YES to extending grace to the graceless, hope to the hopeless,
To say YES to joy rather than bitterness,
To say YES to justice and giving to others freely from the abundance you pour out on me,
To say YES to recognizing and not looking away from the hurt and need in others,
To say YES to join you in bringing justice and healing to those in need,
To say YES to holding my hands open to you,
To say YES to to your best for me no matter how hard your best is,
To say YES to living in vulnerable faith,
To say YES to bold love rather than timid fear,
To say YES to being present to those in my life,
To say YES to not attempting this in my own strength rather
Empower me to To say YES to you, God of love and life here and now and evermore.