(dragonfly, Troup Co. Georgia / Julie Cook/ 2018)
You made me and chose me before time, to love you, to serve you,
and adore you; to long for your voice, to recognize you,
to return home to you. For you are the Father, prodigal in your love,
who runs forward to meet us as we kneel to pray.
“Who art in heaven…”
Give me a vision, Lord, of the saints in heaven, of the community in heaven,
of the joy of heaven, so that I may be drawn out of this dull world into the light
of all that is real.
“Hallowed be thy name…”
Lord, may your name be holy in my mouth, holy in my heart, holy on my lips,
holy in my life; “I am that I am”, “the lamb that was slain”.
Lord, may the words that describe you sanctify the lips of all who
call upon you.
“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done…”
Let our hearts and our words be shaped by yours.
“On earth as it is in heaven…”
Lord, call those you have chosen on earth to follow you and to live your life,
to make space for you, for the earth is in the hands of your enemy,
it is in the hands of the ruler of this world.
Help us repulse him with your authority, and in your name, and by your power,
to reclaim earth for heaven.
“Give us this day our daily bread…”
For Jesus is the bread of life. Help us feed on Jesus in the word of the Gospels,
by the presence of the Holy Spirit, in the holy and blessed sacrament.
Give us, Lord, all that we need to feed on you in Christ our saviour.
“And forgive us our trespasses…”
Both those sins that we know about and those sins we have not seen.
Cleanse us, and forgive us, and renew us,
Lord, and wash away all that stands between your love,
and your mercy, and our wounded hearts.
“As we forgive those who trespass against us…”
As we allow your kindness and your goodness to overflow and to free
those we hold in
anger and unforgiveness.
“And lead us not into temptation”
For we are weak-willed.
We are blind and intemperate.
We have very little strength of our own.
“But deliver us from evil.”
For he (the evil one) prowls around us like a lion seeking whom he may devour,
insinuating words into our mind, laying traps of false desire in front of us,
whispering untruths into our heart. Deliver us, Lord, from all evil,
and from the snares the devil sets for us.
From the Ashenden Daily Office: