Thursday, June 21, 2012

Her Dangerous Prayer

I love this prayer penned by pastor's wife/ministry leader/advocate/fundraiser Lynne Hybels ... and so appreciate that her life reminds us that there's no one set model that wives of pastors must embrace or adhere to.  I praise God today for individuality, calling, passion, giftedness, and joy in ministry, all flowing from His grace-filled heart! 
Linda


Dear God,

Please make us dangerous women.

May we be women who acknowledge our power to change, and grow,

and be radically alive for God.

May we be healers of wounds and righters of wrongs.

May we weep with those who weep and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.

May we cherish children, embrace the elderly, and empower the poor.

May we pray deeply and teach wisely.

May we be strong and gentle leaders.

May we sing songs of joy and talk down fear.

May we never hesitate to let passion push us, conviction compel us,

and righteous anger energize us.

May we strike fear into all that is unjust and evil in the world.

May we dismantle abusive systems and silence lies with truth.

May we shine like stars in a darkened generation.

May we overflow with goodness in the name of God and by the power of Jesus.

And in that name and by that power, may we change the world.

Dear God, please make us dangerous women.

Amen. 

4 comments:

  1. Well said, Linda. Sir Frances Drake said something similar. He asked God to 'disturb us' because we dream too little, to dare us to be more bold, to venture into deeper waters, and sail beyond the sight of the shoreline. (he was the first Englishman to navigate the globe and wrote the poem in 1577). :-)

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  2. A nudge, a call, a beckoning to step out of our comfort zones and make ourselves fully available to God!

    Thanks, Keep looking up!, for sharing this gem from 1577!

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  3. really Dangerous, I hope never to disappoint God as a woman of God. God Bless
    http://purposefulandmeaningful.blogspot.com/

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    1. I love that you've dug through the archives and unearthed Lynn's powerful conversation with God, Ifeoma.

      This dangerous stuff bangs on heaven's doors. And we need to go there much more often ...

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This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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