I've borrowed some thoughts and words from the Rev. Dr. Alastair Campbell, a Baptist teacher and author in Jamaica. He was writing about Grace for my Scripture Union Bible study. (Encounter with God, 6/14/09)
Dear Lord and Father,
No one can boast about their own goodness, the superiority of their nation or denomination.
We are saved by your grace. Your grace which chose us for no merit of our own. Your grace that has forgiven us again and again when we did not deserve it.
Yet nothing can separate us from your love, not even our persistent unfaithfulness.
I thank you, Father, for your marvelous grace. I pray that it will be evident in my life this day, drawing others to you.
From our timeless liturgy…
Grant to us such an awareness of your mercies, we pray,
That with truly thankful hearts, we may give you praise,
Not only with our lips, but in our lives,
By giving up ourselves for your service,
And by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days.
In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.