Sunday, October 12, 2008
(Photo from the files of mompriest)
Collect for Purity (From the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, page 355)
"Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen."
Gracious God, in these anxious times, pour your love into our hearts, even when we are unable to fully open them to you. Reach into our desires and help direct them toward you, that we may ground our fears in your love, focus our anxiety through your compassion, rest our fears in your mercy. In so doing may we become your hands and heart in the world even when we have no idea how to do this. Guide us with your peace, your love, your grace, that we may do the same in the broken places of this world. Amen.