Aunt Shelly commented on the last blog entry that she liked this prayer, but would like it to be updated. While I sometimes enjoy the sound of "ye olde language," I think that making spiritual things understandable and useful is important. Following is my humble attempt to write the covenant prayer in more contemporary language:
I am no longer my own, but Yours.
Let me do Your will instead of mine, and choose the people in my life.
Put me to work, I'll suffer for You if needed.
Let Your will be done through me, or in spite of me.
Let me be famous for You or a nobody for You.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have everything, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily surrender all things for Your use and control.
And now, O holy and awesome God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
You are mine, and I am Yours.
So be it.
And this promise which I have made on earth,
Let it be approved by heaven.
Try praying this every day. It's HARD! There are times I do it out of repetition, but other times when I slow down and pay attention to the words. It's at those times when I realize that I cannot say these words with utmost sincerity, and I pray extra hard for God to give me the faith to utter this special prayer.