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Ezekiel 36:24-28 (NIV UK)
24 ‘“For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. 28 Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.
Faith is not about a half-formed theory that might explain some things about the world … but about living our life, in all its real, messy, inconvenient, untidy, beauty – all its perplexing mystery and loveliness, all its crazy teasing, testing, hurting, laughing, crying wonder. Because life is like that every day – faith must be faith for that kind of everyday life.
Lord, if we accepted your gift of a new heart and a new mind it would change everything: how we deal with other people, how we serve you in the world, how we build your Kingdom in the world. Take our “stubborn hearts of stone”, Lord, and make us your people. Amen.
TIP … from the blog
Balm to heal the world
A blog post inspired by this quote from World News in Prayer of June 8, 2017: “So again I turn to all the pieces of my faith – to hymns and scriptures, to prayer and worship. Maybe there is a Balm in Gilead, or a Blessed Assurance, even an Amazing Grace.”