self offering

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image by Gerd Altmann 

Lord, here’s my mind,
   think your thoughts in me.
Be my wisdom, knowledge, and insight.
Here is my voice.
You told me not to worry about what I am to say,
   but that it would be given to me what to say and how to say it.
Free me to speak with silence or with words, whichever is needed.
Give me your timing and tenderness.
Now, Lord, here is my body.
Release creative affection in my face, my touch, my embrace.
And Christ, if there is something I am to do by your indwelling presence,
   however menial or tough, control my will to do it.

Lord, I am ready now to be your manifest intervention in situations
   to infuse joy, affirm growth, or absorb pain or aching anguish.
I plan to live this day and the rest of my life in the reality of you in me.
Thank you for making it so!

Lloyd Ogilvie, 1930- , Presbyterian minister, chaplain to the US Senate

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If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God.
If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides,
   so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.
To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

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