New Year's Day

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

I have always had an interesting relationship with this Wesleyan Covenant prayer that Methodist Churches around the world pray the first Sunday of the new year.  What a wonderful way to start a new year completely committing our entire selves to God!  But it is a difficult prayer for me to say and really mean.  The line that scares...continue reading