Dear Hope Family,
I have long enjoyed Richard Foster’s collection of prayers, Prayers From The Heart. Margaret Ann gave it to me almost 25 years ago, and it has become a faithful devotional companion and trusted springboard for personal prayer.
One of the prayers that Foster includes comes from Evelyn Underhill. It is called “Enter My Small Life”. I commend it to you on this November day:
Lord! Give me courage and love to open the door and
constrain You to enter, whatever the disguise You come in,
even before I fully recognize my guest.
Come in! Enter my small life!
Lay Your hands on all the common things and
small interests of that life and bless and change them.
Transfigure my small resources, make them sacred.
And in them give me Your very Self.
This very day God desires to enter more personally and graciously into our little lives. Indeed, it takes courage and love to open the door, to see beyond the disguise of trial, frustration, or joy, and to welcome Him in.
Yet that simple choice, that mere act of welcome and reliance upon divine grace is a doorway out of the isolation, fear, and entitlement that plague us so deeply now.
Join me in asking the Lord to enter our small lives and the life of our church afresh this day!
Grace and peace,