Christianity 201

August 27, 2021

Personal Liturgies for Life Events

Filed under: Christianity - Devotions — paulthinkingoutloud @ 5:33 pm
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Unlike some devotional websites, we’re not here to sell books, but I wanted to make you aware of the resource from which we’re drawing today’s thoughts. Every Moment Holy, Volume 1 by Douglas Kaine McKelvey is described as,

…a book of liturgies for the ordinary events of daily life–liturgies such as “A Liturgy for Feasting with Friends” or “A Liturgy for Laundering” or “A Liturgy for the First Hearthfire of the Season.” These are ways of reminding us that our lives are shot through with sacred purpose even when, especially when, we are too busy or too caught up in our busyness to notice. Includes over 100 liturgies for daily life…

A second volume has been recently published. These are words to focus our thoughts in the middle of times and places where we may feel that faith simply doesn’t apply. Not true. God is “a present help in times of trouble;” in all manner of situations we may encounter.

Here’s a sample:

A Liturgy For Those Flooded By Too Much Information

In a world so wired and interconnected,

Our anxious hearts are pummeled by an endless barrage of troubling news. We are daily aware of more grief, O Lord, than we can rightly consider, of more suffering and scandal than we can respond to, of more hostility, hatred, horror, and injustice than we can engage with compassion.

But you, O Jesus, are not disquieted by such news of cruelty and terror and war. You are neither anxious nor overwhelmed. You carried the full weight of the suffering of a broken world when you hung upon the cross, and you carry is still.

When the cacophony of universal distress unsettles us, remind us that we are but small and finite creatures, never designed to carry the vast abstractions of great burdens, for our arms are too short and our strength is too small.

Justice and mercy, healing and redemption, are your great labours.

And yes, it is your good pleasure to accomplish such works through your people, but you have never asked any one of us to undertake more than your grace will enable us to fulfill.

Guard us then from shutting down our empathy or walling off our hearts because of the glut of unactionable misery that floods our awareness. You have many children in many places around the globe. Move each of our hearts to compassionately respond to those needs that intersect our actual lives, that in all places your body might be actively addressing the pain and brokenness of this world, each of us liberated and empowered by your Spirit to fulfill the small part of your redemptive work assigned to us.

Give us discernment
in the face of troubling news reports.

Give us discernment
to know when to pray, when to speak out,
when to act, and when to simply shut off
our screens and our devices,
and to sit quietly
in your presence,

casting the burdens of this world
upon the strong shoulders
of the one who
alone
is able to bear them up.

Amen.


■ See a complete list of the contents and learn more at this link.