Joining Love at Work

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My Advent-At-Home Devotional booklet for this fourth week of Advent includes this prayer: “God, thank you for changing things with your love. Help us see and join your love at work, even when we are waiting for change.”It’s a simple prayer, meant to connect with children as young as four, but it can connect with all ages. http://resources.mennonitechurch.ca/FileDownload/18477

The first line conveys a grateful perspective that removes oneself from centre stage. The starting place for Christian prayers and lives of love-at-work is worship and belief in the efficacy of divine love.

Divine love is acknowledged as the fundamental change agent. Doing so is amazingly liberating. Not only does it mean we can never take all the credit for making a positive difference in the world, it also means that we never shoulder the burden alone. Transforming the world with love is first and foremost God’s project.

The second line returns to a human focus. As children of God we are called to participate in the divineproject of transforming love, but the challenge is much less daunting when we see ourselves as  called participants, rather than the ones where the buck stops. Children find such an attitude relatively easy, because of their dependent status and emerging sense of agency. Partnering with them can help adults shed those unhelpful and stress inducing levels of responsibility and guilt; can help us become childlike in this project of transforming the world with love.

Blessed, loving, Advent.

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About Elsie Hannah Ruth Rempel

As a young senior whose life could easily have ended in a nasty car crash in 2012 I live with an extra dose of gratitude to God, humanity, and the wonders of our human bodies. I am a passionate advocate for ministry WITH children and seniors in the life and ministry of the church. I started working in Faith Formation with Mennonite Church Canada in 2002. Thinking and writing about faith helps me see God at work in all kinds of surprising places. I'd like to be remembered as one who encourages others to live into God's good dream for our world. My book, Please Pass the Faith: The Spiritual Art of Grandparenting, is one big way I'm trying to share that encouragement with my peers. This blog is another way I'd like to engage people who care about growing in faith across the generations.
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