Saturday, 30 April 2011

"I will ..."

Live only unto your beloved on the Holy Estate so as to avoid the Dreadful Judgment
Hold on to what you have for better or worse, in riches and in poverty, in sickness and in health
Live together in love until the end
Help each other to be all that you are meant to be
Live life together now and that life will flow through you into the future
Know daily that love finds its Centre beyond itself
Give of your self and your soul will become richer
Fix your eyes only on what’s real and what’s important
Sow the seeds of eternal life in your heart ...
Offer your body as a living sacrifice because this is an act of pure worship
Do not conform to the pattern of this world
Be transformed by the renewing of your mind
Test and approve what God’s will is – it is always good, pleasing and perfect
Be sincere in your love
Hate what is evil
Cling to what is good
Be devoted to one another in love
Honour one another above yourself
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor
Serve the Lord
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer
Share with the Lord’s people who are in need
Practice hospitality
Bless those who persecute you, never, ever curse
Rejoice with those who rejoice
Mourn with those who mourn
Live in harmony with one another
Do not be proud
Be willing to associate with people of low position
Do not be conceited
Do not repay anyone evil for evil
Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone
Live at peace with everyone, if at all possible, as far as it depends on you …

And in the times when you cannot see, remember the words of the mystic:
“Be who you were meant to be and you will set the world on fire" ...
Just one last thing - remember every morning the poet’s warning: 
"Love will not be constrained by mastery; when mastery comes,
the God of love soon beats his wings, and, farewell, he is gone!" 

1 comment:

Vivien said...

Thankyou Sarah - a sobering and wonderful reminder of the breadth, depth and height of love that our sacred vows invite us into. in whatever form they take.