Sunday, December 3, 2017

Empty Vessels?

From the dust you did form Adam and Eve,

From them ‘til now you’ve blessed all who believe,
So will you see your chosen people grieve?
Your holiness their yearning can relieve. 
While so many are waiting hopefully, Lord help us all to wait expectantly,
To read your word and live accordingly
Preparing ourselves to live righteously. 
Our Father God, we now earnestly pray
That you will mould us, humble lumps of clay,
Oh master potter work without delay
So we may be shaped to your will today. 
As water is used on the clay to shape it
Use on us the water of your Spirit,
May we be pliable within your limit
So we only your love and will emit. 
As the pots are hardened by the kiln’s fire
So consecrate us with your Spirit’s fire,
Lest we from your work in the world retire,
Rather fill us with your zeal to inspire.  

 While the potter makes his work shine with glaze,

Make us fit vessels for all of our days,
And, shining examples for you always,
In every circumstance to sing your praise. 

Knowing that when all is done we still stand,
Shaped and upheld by your almighty hand, 
Give reverence your majesty demands,
Saved by the one who sits at your right hand. 
As vessels don’t let us be filled with tears,
Nor be laying around empty for years,
But fill us with the peace that stills all fears,
The water of life that our soul reveres. 
So use our clay, not hardened but strengthened,
Filled with your gifts as you have intentioned Pressed down full measured as your word mentioned, 
Expectant for your return unquestioned. 

© Bramwell JP Tout 2017 
Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37.
Bramwell Tout Salvationist (Salvation Army church member)
Bristol, UK  

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