A New Liturgy Give-Away

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace…

The Prayer of St. Francis rolls along the beats of a solitary drum. I turn up the volume on my laptop. I invite the words to have their way in my soul, to capture my thoughts and intentions. I close my eyes and breathe deeply. A song rises out of the prayer.

I want to get out of myself, get over myself, get lost in the story of somebody else…

Ah yes, God, help me give this self you’ve given me back to you, and through you to others. I continue in prayer as a clear voice leads:

Eternal God, the Scriptures say that you have blessed us so that we can be a blessing to the world…

God, may that be true of me.

Give us the ability to love without agenda…embody your kingdom…be a voice for the voiceless…

Could I do that? Truly love without agenda?

I have been blessed…now I want to be a blessing…

In that spirit I am led in prayer: for my neighbors, my family, my enemies, our broken and beautiful world.

Bless them, bless them wildly, Lord, and show me how I can be a part of that blessing…

I recite the Lord’s prayer. Then singers return to remind me that our God is love, and love can change the world, and furthermore…

Bridges are more beautiful than bombs are, an open hand is stronger than a fist is…

I love those lines! Bridges and open hands vs. bombs and fists. God, help me pursue the true beauty and strength of peace.

May we never stop this dreaming of a better world…may we never stop believing the impossible…

Those words I play over and over again. God, may I never stop dreaming, never stop believing, never, never.

For it is in giving that we receive…it is in pardoning that we are pardoned…it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

Twenty-five minutes have passed since the drum started beating, and I have been led full circle, back to St. Francis. I step away from my computer, better prepared to meet the day.

During the recent Advent season, I was challenged by a paraphrased line from Meister Eckhart, the 13th century Christian mystic: “What good is it to me if Mary gave birth to the son of God fourteen hundred years ago and I do not also give birth to the son of God in my time and in my culture?”

I entered the New Year haunted by that quote, longing to have Christ be born anew in me each day, so that through me his Kingdom might come—in my time and in my culture. That’s a tall order, and I know I am not up to the challenge. So I seek help.

This month I’ve found help in A New Liturgy #2: Blessed to be a Blessing. I’m grateful for the chance to promote this extraordinary CD written, performed and produced by my son-in-law, Aaron Niequist. It’s beautiful, it has repeatedly calmed and grounded me, and I believe it can help many people to quiet themselves in the Presence of God—in their car, their office, anywhere.

I’m so excited about getting this worship experience “out there” that I’ll send a free Blessed to be a Blessing CD to the first 10 people who request it. Just send your name and address to my assistant, Brannon, at banderson@willowcreek.org. The rest of you can download Blessing here. You won’t be sorry.

The give away for the first ten respondents has ended. Thanks so much!

UncategorizedLynne Hybels