It (really) makes the world go ’round
When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. [Emphasis added.]
At our last Kingdom Workshop, each person was given the opportunity to talk about an instance of God being merciful to them that meant a lot to them personally. I highly recommend this practice. It builds the faith of everyone who hears and speaks, it endears people to one another, it calms people’s souls, and it’s not hard to do. It set the stage perfectly for us to talk about working with God in this world–being people who listen for ways to be agents of God’s Spirit, his mercy and power. The main ‘prayer’ that I believed God had given me for the workshop was for the growth of our faith in the bredth of God’s mercy. As we listened to these stories, my prayer was pretty much accomplished before half the room had shared. But the stories of God’s mercy kept coming, in wonderful variety. God’s grace is truly the most active energy at work in the world.