photo by Blick Sr., Santa Cruz, CA, 2012
Belonging to Jesus (based on a puritan prayer in the book, Valley of Vision)
O Heavenly Father,
Teach us to see that if Christ has pacified you and satisfied divine justice, he can also deliver us from our sins and the power of our sins;
that Christ does not desire us, now justified,
to live in self-confidence in our own strength
but gives us the law of the Spirit of life to enable us to obey you; that the Spirit and his power are ours by resting in Christ’s death;
We have seen you as you are in your Son and have been ravished to behold you. We bless you that we are your own people in our dear Savior Jesus.