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Will You Help Me On The Wild Waves

The following prayer is attributed to St Brendan, a Celtic monastic of the 7th Century. He has been called “Brendan the Voyager,” “Brendan the Navigator” and “Brendan the Bold.”

A Prayer of St. Brendan

Shall I abandon, O King of mysteries, the soft comforts of home? Shall I turn my back on my native land, and turn my face towards the sea?

Shall I put myself wholly at your mercy, without silver, without a horse, without fame, without honour? Shall I throw myself wholly upon You, without sword and shield, without food and drink, without a bed to lie on? Shall I say farewell to my beautiful land, placing myself under Your yoke?

Shall I pour out my heart to You, confessing my manifold sins and begging forgiveness, tears streaming down my cheeks? Shall I leave the prints of my knees on the sandy beach, a record of my final prayer in my native land?

Shall I then suffer every kind of wound that the sea can inflict? Shall I take my tiny boat across the wide sparkling ocean? O King of the Glorious Heaven, shall I go of my own choice upon the sea?

O Christ, will You help me on the wild waves?

Where is God leading you today?

Will you choose to pray as Brendan? Will you go?

Grace and Peace,


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Participating In What God Is Doing

One of the most important things I learned from Henry Blackaby’s Experiencing God is that God is always working and he invites me to join him. When I listen to the invitation and look to see where he is at work, it always creates a crisis of belief that will require faith and action on my part.

Eugene Peterson’s quote expresses the same truth:

The assumption of spirituality is that always God is doing something before I know it. So the task is not to get God to do something I think needs to be done, but to become aware of what God is doing so that I can respond to it and participate and take delight in it.” – Eugene Peterson

Where do you see God working in your life right now?

Will you respond to his invitation to join him?

Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working. . . I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these. – John 5:17, 19-20

Grace and Peace,


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The Sending God

God’s Son Was A Missionary

The Sending God

The word mission carries the idea of sending or being sent. To fully understand the call for Christ followers to live out the mission of Jesus we must enter the story of God being a sending God.

1. The Father sends the Son

(see John 8:42 and here)

Jesus is God on mission in the flesh. As the one sent from the Father, he embodies the mission of the Father.

2. The Father and Son send the Spirit

(see John 14:16-18; John 15:26-27; John 16:7)

The Holy Spirit is the power for this mission. He is sent from the Father and the Son to indwell disciples. God, himself, lives in us.

3. Jesus sends the church indwelt, enabled and empowered by the Spirit.

(see John 20:21-22; Acts 1:8; 1 John 4:13-14)

The church continues God’s mission today. By ourselves we do not have the power or the wisdom to get the job done but we are not left alone in the task. God has placed his Spirit within us.

We get our identity as sent ones from the very nature of this sending God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Spend some time this week in scripture and the story of our sending God.

Grace and Peace,


What Kind of Entry Was It?

It’s Sunday in the final week of Jesus’ life leading to the cross and the resurrection. Jesus entered Jerusalem on the back of a young donkey as the admiring crowd hailed him with shouts of “Hosanna – blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” The story recorded in Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:29-44 and John 12:12-19 is traditionally called the Triumphal Entry.

Yet when we read the account in Luke we find that we might ask what kind of entry was this, really?

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” Luke 19:41-44 NIV

As Jesus approaches Jerusalem what he sees causes tears to well up inside him and burst forth.  Jesus was sent by the Father to seek and save the lost, to open their eyes to see his grace and love. God, himself, had come to his people. Looking for them. Seeking them. Longing for them to come to him and find his peace. He came to his own but his own did not receive him.

For whom did these tears fall?

I don’t believe that Jesus is crying about himself and the fate that awaits him. He is coming as the Prince of Peace, astride his royal donkey. He is coming to the city called peace – and the people will not receive the peace with God that he offers. Jesus wept because the people refuse to accept him and the result will be devestation.

The question I have been asking myself as I think about this final week is, “What do these passages reveal to me about the mission of the Father and how are we to participate in that mission?”

Let me ask three questions about this mission:

1. Are we coming near as Jesus did?

Are we coming near the city, town, community where God has placed us or are we keeping away from the people who inhabit that place. Are we getting closer to the people who need God’s peace or are we living peacefully behind the walls of our houses (or church buildings)?

Jesus was able to ride into town on a donkey becasue of the incarnation – God taking on human flesh. He was there to interact with sinful humanity and show them the way to God. Are we incarnating the place where we live?

2. Do we see the city like Jesus did?

As Jesus came near Jerusalem – he saw it. He did more than stop for a panoramic view. He studied it and what he saw broke his heart. Are our eyes open? Do we see the hurt, the pain, the loneliness around us? Do we see where God is needed? Are we looking to see where he is working so we can join him?

3. Are our eyes wet with tears like the eyes of Jesus?

Jesus cared and desired that the people come to God. Do we? Are we weeping over the city or are we ignoring the inhabitants?

Let’s spend some time this Easter season drawing near those who need God and really look for where his love and grace are needed. It just might bring a few tears to our eyes.

Grace and Peace,

Join the Conversation: What keeps us from coming near and seeing the need?

Related Posts from 7 Days Leading Up To Easter

    1. Sunday – What Kind Of Entry Was It?
    2. Monday – 12 Things Children Can Teach Us This Easter
    3. Tuesday – Seeing The Unnoticed
    4. Wednesday – The Calm Before The Storm
    5. Thursday – How Washing The Disciple’s Feet Pictures The Incarnation
    6. Friday – It’s Friday But . . .
    7. Saturday – Between The Cross And The Empty Tomb

      God’s Son Was a Missionary

      Writing to his brother, Charles, David Livingstone said . . .

      God Had An Only Son

      Is it unreasonable to think that all Christ followers could live this way?

      Grace and Peace,