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Today is the 20th anniversary of my Ordination as a Deacon back in Kansas City.
I have never felt particularly worthy, but God in His faithfulness has been so good to me in these 20 years.
O Lord my God, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; yet you have called your servant to stand in your house, and to serve at your altar. To you and to your service I devote myself, body, soul, and spirit. Fill my memory with the record of your mighty works; enlighten my understanding with the light of your Holy Spirit; and may all the desires of my heart and will center in what you would have me do. Make me an instrument of your salvation for the people entrusted to my care, and grant that I may faithfully administer your holy Sacraments, and by my life and teaching set forth your true and living Word. Be always with me in carrying out the duties of my ministry. In prayer, quicken my devotion; in praises, heighten my love and gratitude; in preaching, give me readiness of thought and expression; and grant that, by the clearness and brightness of your holy Word, all the world may be drawn into your blessed kingdom. All this I ask for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer 1979, Celebration of New Ministry, page 562)
O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. – Collect for the Second Sunday after Christmas
Today is World Mental Health Day. I am grateful for the hope that I have in Christ and for family and friends who encourage me when I need it most. My mental wellness is a daily battle but thank God, I’m not alone.
I still believe that the Church needs to do better in ministering to those who struggle with their mental wellness. And as God opens the doors, I resolve to speak out on this because I don’t think that Christians hear from their leaders nearly enough that it’s okay to struggle with mental wellness and still be a Christian.
I cling daily to one of my life verses:
Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!” – Psalm 126:5.