Praying Benedictions: Ephesians 6:23-24

Good God, Perfect Love, Heavenly Father, we often forget that You hold everything together; that when heaven and earth meet in a “kiss” it displays the beauty and intimacy of your kingdom; a kingdom that never ends, so tender and eternal and true. In these moments when your kingdom crashes into our present time we must step out in faith; we must say, “our God reigns.”  When we step out in faith and choose to believe, we are able to enter into your peace, your presence, your love.

Lord, we know that your love reaches beyond eternity, and we are called to respond in faith to your call to love, but it is often difficult for us. So God, we ask that you soften our hearts and knead our spirits, so that we may be able to display your love more completely. Lord God, give us the tenderness and compassion needed to be a people who display your love in all we do; may we breathe Jesus, live Jesus, love Jesus, embody Jesus; may we proclaim the reigning love of the only true God in all we do. God grant us the ability to display this love of Jesus Christ—completely perfect—in our imperfect way.

Thank you God for loving us with a love so forgiving and pure and sweet that we are not able to deny you, for your “grace upon grace.” For you are Almighty, the Holy Perfect God we adore–who loves so, so, so completely, and gives so, so so, lavishly. Thank you God for the incorruptible love that You continually grant to all of us, and the indispensable love You call us to; love never fails.

Father of perfection, boundless grace and love; we pray, as we challenge ourselves to this love and offer you thanksgiving; in Your Son and our King Jesus’ name. Eucharistos. Amen and amen. Eph. 6:23-24

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