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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Choices

Do not lead us into temptation - everyday we are faced with choices: choices that draw us closer to God, choices that draw us farther away from God, choices that challenge our desire to follow Jesus, choices that affect our discipleship. We make big choices that change where we are, what we do for a living, who we marry. But we also face little choices, unimportant choices, choices that impact our spiritual life. The prayer that follows from the Iona community asks us to sit with these choices.
When the advertisements offer us everything, if only we have the money; and you offer everything if only we do without, Lord, help us to say “no”; help us to say “yes.”

When the easier way to succeed means we lose our integrity, but the harder way, means we lose our pride, Lord, help us to say “no”; help us to say “yes.”

When the church wants us to conform and be nice, and you want us to rebel and be real, Lord, help us to say “no”; help us to say “yes.”

When our friends don’t respect what we count as important and we feel like giving in, just to save face, Lord, help us to say “no”; help us to say “yes.”

When we feel you have let us down and we want to leave you, but we know we left you behind before we ever started, Lord, help us to say “no”; help us to say “yes.”

When we have come to a crossroads and we don’t know where to turn, but we know that to stand still is the greater danger, Lord, help us to say “no”; help us to say “yes.”

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who has been preached among you is not one who is “yes” and “no.” On the contrary, he is God’s “yes”; for it is he who is the “yes” to all God’s promises.
Iona Community, Wild Goose Worship Group,
Stages on the Way, Lord, help us to say no, pp. 33-35

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