A Prayer by St. Anselm of Canterbury
Teach me to seek you, and reveal yourself to me as I seek;
for unless you instruct me I cannot seek you,
and unless you reveal yourself I cannot find you.
Let me seek you in desiring you; let me desire you in seeking you.
Let me find you in loving you; let me love you in finding you.
Today’s reading is from Psalm 22:23-26
22:23 You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him; stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me but heard when I cried to him. From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear him. The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD. May your hearts live forever!
The psalmist is in a life-threatening situation and crisis. He experiences the harrowing sense of abandonment by people and by God. He cries out and God saves him from his affliction (verse 24). He writes a memoir in song form with the future generations in mind, the offspring of Jacob and Israel. He explains why he worships God and why he follows through on the promises he has made to God. His experience of God’s salvation and his grateful response for his salvation will serve as a witness to God’s goodness and faithfulness that will instruct and encourage his future generations to seek, trust, and worship God.
Questions for Reflection:
What stories of God’s kindness and saving mercy toward you do you want your future generations to remember and talk about with their children and their children’s children?
Will your commitment to corporate worship and your local church membership vows – Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service, and Witness – serve as a positive example your future generations can follow?
Of the five membership vows you made to God – Prayers, Presence, Service, Gifts, and Witness – which is the easiest to keep? The most difficult? Ask God for the grace to fulfill all of your vows with praise and thanksgiving!
For spiritual commitment and the grace to envision how our present faith decisions and actions will impact and bless future generations.
Jesus, may all that is you flow into me.
May your body and blood be my food and drink.
May your passion and death be my strength and life.
Jesus, with you by my side, enough has been given.
May the shelter I seek be the shadow of your cross.
Let me not run from the love which you offer,
But hold me safe from the forces of evil.
On each of my dyings shed your light and your love.
Keep calling to me until that day comes, when with your saints,
I may praise you forever. Amen.