January 3, 2019

Lead, Kindly Light.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Ps. 119:105 
Lead, kindly Light, amidst the grey and gloom.
The night is long and I am far from home.
Here in the dark, I do not ask to see
the path ahead—one step enough for me.
Lead on, lead on, kindly light.

I was not ever willing to be led.
I could have stayed, but I ran instead.
In spite of fear, I followed my pride;
my eyes could see, but my heart was blind.
Lead on, lead on, kindly light.

And in the night, when i was afraid,
your feet beside my own on the way.
Each stumbling step where other men [sic] have trod
shortens the road leading home to my God.

Lead on, lead on,
my God, my God,
lead on, lead on, kindly light. [Audrey Assad]
Since the word is both convicting and life-giving, I'll close today with the prayer of confession from the UCC communion liturgy.

Eternal God, whose word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path, I recognize and confess that I have failed to respond fully to your gracious presence in my life. Through Jesus Christ you have offered me new life, fulfillment, and the freedom to serve you. I confess that I am captive to sin, that my sin binds me with false pride, and that the wrong I do is made worse by the good I leave undone. Reconcile me to you and to all people, forgive all my sin and strengthen me anew for life as you intend it; through Jesus Christ my Savior, who taught me to pray...
Amy Grant • Thy Word Is a Lamp unto My Feet

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An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, I've served congregations in the Colombia, Puerto Rico, Europe & the US. I received a B.A. in German from the University of Louisville and learned Spanish in Bogotá. My Master of Divinity degree is from Drew University in New Jersey. I will begin my tenure as settled pastor of Pilgrim Christian Church—with dual affiliation in the UCC and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)—in late March 2019. This is my personal blog, and the opinions found herein are my own and may not reflect the views of the church I am serving.

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