Beautiful

Donald Miller writes, “I’m convinced most people have no idea how beautiful their stories are.” I have a front row seat at my church from which to watch God transform lives. God has written some beautiful stories in the lives of people here. God has rewritten some life stories, taking a sad song and making it better. God continues writing some beautiful stories. Slow down long enough to realize how beautiful your life story really is.

A Prayer for Sunday

God our Father,

You are a God of love, joy, and peace.
You are patient and kind and good.
You are gentle and faithful and willing to sacrifice for the good of others.

And we want to be like You, O God.

Teach us to love.
Grow us into a joyful men and women.
Transform us into peace-lovers and peace-makers.

Build our patience.
Bring out Your kindness in our lives.
Help us express Your goodness.

Change us into gentle Christians.
Mold us into dependable people.
Break and control our raging egos.

Thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit.
Thank You for the power of the the Holy Spirit to transform us.
Thank You for leading us.
Thank You for shaping us.

Thank You for living within us.
Thank You for bringing out Your nature from within us
and into our daily lives
through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Forgive us when we grieve Your Holy Spirit.

Open our eyes to the blessing of
the supernatural transformation process that is
happening in our hearts
right now.

Bring us Together Sunday
so that we can remember
and celebrate.

We pray in Jesus’ name,

AMEN

Transformation

“Your nature is a hard thing to change: it takes time….I have heard of people having life-changing, miraculous turnarounds, people set free from addiction after a single prayer, relationships saved where both parties ‘let go, and let God.’ But it was not like that for me. For all that ‘I was lost, I am found,’ it is probably more accurate to say, ‘I was really lost. I’m a little less so at the moment.’ And then a litle less and a little less again. That to me is the spiritual life. The slow reworking and rebooting of a computer at regular intervals, reading the small print of the service manual. It has slowly rebuilt me in a better image. It has taken years, though, and it is not over yet.”

Bono, quoted in U2 byU2, page 7.