Thursday, June 09, 2005

Friday, June 10

The Divine Hours: Prayers for Summertime (pp. 59-60)

We are invited in the Call to Prayer to "come now and see the works of God." And, we are reminded in the Refrain that "mercy and truth have met together" and that "righteousness and peace have kissed each other."

We see the works of God and we see holiness kiss love in the life of Jesus, who says he has loved us the way the Father has loved the Son.

Here's the sublimest privilege you and I as Christians can ever have: when we love God and others, as we are taught to do, we "perform" the very nature of God in the world around us. So, when we love God and love others, we bring together mercy and truth, righteousness and peace, and they are kissed in our lives.

John Wesley, that great revivalist, once challenged a skeptic to faith by saying, "Come and see." And what he wanted the skeptic to see was how the Christians lived their lives in such a way that the gospel was declared. In that community of faith the skeptic could see the "works of God" and could see holiness and love kiss; in short, he would see Jesus Christ.