Come, O most gracious Redeemer, and dwell within us and reign where you have the right to reign. By your Holy Spirit take possession of our souls and lead us in the ways of righteousness and peace. Amen.John of Kronstadt (1829-1908)
In the darkness of the night,
may we catch a glimpse of the distant light. In the cacophony and clamour of life,
may we hear the whisper of God’s voice.
In the anguish and pain of death and disaster,
may we feel the breath of hope.
In the convolutions and disagreements that weigh upon us,
may the Word of God lighten our load.
In the loneliness and aloneness of a busy world,
may we know the presence of our creator God.
For the earth is the Lord’s and so are we.
“[Love Fulfills the Law] Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.”
‘Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’ (v. 29)
...declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord. (v. 4)
‘The one who is righteous will live by faith.’ (v. 17)
For God shows no partiality. (v. 11)
For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law. (v. 28)
...blessed is the one against whom the Lord will not reckon sin. (v. 8)
... [Jesus] was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification. (v. 25)