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"...because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together — by trade they were tentmakers." Acts 18:3. Tentmaker is a title taken by bi-vocational pastors. As such, I am both a pastor and a project manager. I am a pastor of a local congregation of moderate, accepting and affirming people who worship in the Baptist tradition. We call our church "Hope Memorial Baptist" and we are about 40 in number. I am also a project manager of major construction projects for the State of Georgia. My home and church is in rural Coweta County, between Peachtree City and Newnan, with a mailing address of Sharpsburg, Georgia.

Monday, November 07, 2005

A Universal Prayer

(attributed to Clement XI)

Lord, I believe in you — increase my faith.
I trust in you — strengthen my trust.
I love you — let me love you more and more.
I am sorry for my sins — deepen my sorrow.

I worship you as my first beginning,
I long for you as my last end,
I praise you as my constant helper,
and call on you as my loving protector.

Guide me by your wisdom,
correct me with your justice,
comfort me with your mercy,
protect me with your power.

I offer you, Lord, my thoughts — to be fixed on you;
my words — to have you for their theme;
my actions — to reflect my love for you;
my sufferings — to be endured for your greater glory.

I want to do what you ask of me
— in the way you ask,
— for as long as you ask,
— because you ask it.

Lord, enlighten my understanding,
strengthen my will,
purify my heart,
and make me holy.

Help me to repent of my past sins
and to resist temptation in the future.
Help me rise above my human weaknesses
and to grow stronger as a Christian.

Let me love you, my Lord and my God,
and see myself as I really am — a pilgrim in this world,
a Christian called to respect and to love all whose lives I touch,
those in authority over me or those under my authority,
my friends and my enemies.

Help me to conquer anger with gentleness,
greed with generosity,
apathy by fervor.
Help me to forget myself
and reach out to others.

Make me prudent in planning,
courageous in taking risks.
Make me patient in suffering,
unassuming in prosperity.

Keep me, Lord, attentive at prayer,
temperate in food and drink,
diligent in my work,
firm in my good intentions.

Let my conscience be clear,
my conduct without fault,
my speech blameless,
and my life well-ordered.

Teach me to realize that this world is passing,
that my true future is the happiness of heaven,
that life on earth is short,
and the life to come eternal.

Help me prepare for death with a proper fear of judgment,
and a greater trust in your goodness.

Lead me safely through death
to the endless joy of heaven.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen

4 Comments:

Blogger Gayla said...

Hi Joel! I popped over from Jules' blog.

Maybe it's where I am at the moment, but this prayer literally brought me to tears this morning. I'm printing it out. :)

Thank you. I look forward to visiting you.

11/10/2005 10:21 AM  
Blogger the tentmaker said...

Gayla,

You are always welcome.

11/11/2005 10:10 AM  
Blogger Pilot Mom said...

Hi Joe, I too, popped over from Jules. What a great prayer! Very convicting. A good one to meditate on...

I look forward to reading som more of your entries and getting to know you better! :)

11/11/2005 11:59 AM  
Blogger the tentmaker said...

Welcome, Pilot Mom. Thanks for popping over.

11/12/2005 12:23 PM  

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