Further musings today on the awesome holiness of God–the Holy One in the midst of His people! Also, English breakfast tea, presumably not from Yorkshire.
Climb aboard for another exciting Tuesday Tea-ology! Two more Earl Greys (Earls Grey? Earl’s Greys?) enter the fray! Then we get serious: first thoughts on the great mystery of the Trinity! What does God’s Triunity have to do with Christmas?
Welcome, Holy King, come to deliver us from sorrow, sickness, and sin. Welcome to your world in turmoil, which only you can save. Welcome, gentle conqueror, come to us astride a donkey in the majesty of humility. How startling is your strength, how awesome your arm reaching down so far; you take upon yourself the depths of our lowness, and lift us to the heights of your glorious salvation. Welcome, Savior of the world.
Guard me with hope and peace as I pass this night, God my hope. In tiredness, let me turn my heart to you. Your strength is constant and absolute; you do not weaken or weary. You are ever faithful, even to the point of sending your Son into this faithless world. Strengthen my faith, and lead me through night as through day in utter reliance on your mighty power and steadfast love—Amen.
Savior, let me walk in your footsteps today. You came into our world of misery and brought healing and hope; let me be a messenger of hope to the hopeless, and an instrument of healing to those who suffer. Give me compassion, as you have poured out your compassion on me, and energy for all that lies before me. And help me not to act on my own strength, but to do all things in reliance on your mighty power, God Most High.
Holy One, thank you for your constancy in an inconstant world. Thank you for the blessings of the day and the quiet of the night. Teach me the lesson of peace, and the depth of my need to rest in you. You entered our humanity, and lived our righteous life, and died for us a sacrificial death, and rose for us victorious over the grave. Teach me the mystery of faith that unites a man to his Savior, and let me rest in you—Amen.
Holy One of God, who came down at Christmas, let me walk after you today. Teach me the humility that descends to the manger and ascends the hill of Calvary; teach me the love that faces death to win life and freedom for the lost. Create a new heart in me, a heart after your heart, and strengthen me with your Spirit to keep my heart from sin. Let me walk in wisdom and truth I pray—Amen.