sharing in your death

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My Lord and God, I know that I cannot share in your resurrection 
    without also sharing in your death.  
Strengthen me to take up my cross and deny myself daily; 
    that I may crucify the drives within me that lure me away from loving you 
        and loving my neighbor as I ought.  
Silence the voices within me calling me 
    to self-indulgence, to self-service, and to self-advancement, 
 and let me hear only the voice of your Spirit 
    leading me into the ways of love, peace, and obedience.
 
I belong to you, Lord Jesus, 
    for you bought me at the price of your own blood.
Help me to live the rest of my life in this body for you,
    and not for my own desires or pleasures.
Make me a new creature who does your will.
 
David A. de Silva, Methodist professor
 
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Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.

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love in proximity

O God, it is easy to love the whole world,
  but hard to love the person one works next to;
O God, it is easy to campaign for world peace,
  but hard to contribute to the peace within my own home;
O God, it is easy to be fascinated with some new truth,
  and miss you in the thing I have known for so long;
O God, it is easy to share my home and possessions with people I like.
  Teach me how to be generous towards others.
Enable me today to say something,
  or do something that will make a difference to the discouraged,
  to the inexperienced, to the despairing.
Let no selfish concern with my own affairs shut me off from any today.
For your love’s sake.

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