Those who know me, know my obsession with John 10:10. It seems to me to be one of the best poetic ways to describe the ambitious dream of God's plan to restore the brokenness of the world redemption, shalom, freedom, justice/righteousness and salvation. And me... I want it... I yearn for it... in my life and in the lives of those I minister to. Seeing across my life and world that life and life in all its fulness is what gets me up in the morning.
So, I wrote a prayer... a 10:10 Prayer...
Lord we come before you
Aware of our brokenness.
Lord your word explains our brokeness
But then after we are broken
Becomes your great story of salvation
The story of how you love us enough
To offer human fulfilment of life in all its fulness
There is the redemption after Eden
There is the freedom after Egypt
There is the homecoming after exile
There is the salvation after Calvary
There is the Kingdom after Resurrection.
Lord forgive us for our complicity in the brokenness
Thank you that you are faithful to forgive us
And purify us from all unrighteousness
We come to you broken ourselves
And thank you that Jesus offers Life in all its fulness
The Good shepherd who laid down his life for us
Lord by your spirit minister to us
Reveal to us what that life is
And teach us how we can live it
Lord we live in a broken city
And you offer our city life in all its fulness
Lord help us to envision through your eyes
A city in all it fulness
Peaceful and prosperous as Jeremiah asked us to pray for
May we pray for it more often
But also get up off our knees
To mend the brokenness
And bring life in all its fulness tho our streets
Lord we live in a broken world
This morning we remember the broken children
That this congregation reach
Through Saphara in India
Zanini Bantwana in South Africa
And Fields of Life in Uganda
Lord move us to play our part
In these children finding life in all its fulness.
Lord restore us by your spirit
And lead us by your spirit
To see the crowds without a shepherd
Have compassion on them
And be shepherds to them
Guiding them to life in all its fulness
And in doing so
Experiencing what you meant by
Life in all its fulness.