arouse our timid faith

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None of us is a great Christian;
we are all humble and ordinary.
But your grace is enough for us.
Arouse in us that small degree of joy and thankfulness
   of which we are capable,
   to the timid faith which we can muster,
   to the cautious obedience which we cannot refuse,
   and thus to the wholeness of life
   which you have prepared for all of us
through the death and resurrection of your Son.
Do not allow any of us to remain apathetic or indifferent
   to the wondrous glory of Easter,
   but let the light of our risen Lord
   reach every corner of our dull hearts.

Karl Barth, 1886 – 1968, Swiss Reformed theologian


If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead
  will also give life to your mortal bodies
  through his Spirit who dwells in you.

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