St Johns Presbyterian ChurchIn his letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul promises us that nothing in life or in death can separate us from God’s love. And he shares with us that God intends to restore and renew all of creation, everything, including you and me. Then, in chapter 12, he shifts the emphasis, and writes:

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

Richard Foster is realistic about this verse. He writes, “The problem with a “living” sacrifice is that it always wants to get off the altar!”

And so, it is that Paul reminds us that we are blessed and cared for. We are loved and given a new lease on life.

In response, let us live this new life to the fullest – giving our entire being to God – allowing God to use us as instruments of hope and grace and peace. Today, let us stay on the altar.

Our prayer today is inspired from a 4-H prayer that I heard recently.

Let us Pray: Loving God, today, I pledge my head to clearer thinking. I pledge my heart to greater faithfulness. I pledge my hands to larger service, and I pledge my health to better living. May my head, heart, hands, health, all that I am and all that I have be used to show your love to this world. Amen.