Prayers and Meditations for Mission

Thoughts to ponder during the Trinity Season.

We have delegated away much of what matters in our lives; partly to governments, police forces, judges, courts, social workers, managers and teachers, in part to therapists, counsellors, advisers, coaches and gurus, each of whom we pay through taxation or fees, to manage our affairs, relationships, conflicts or emotions better than we can or have time to do. This constitutes a massive loss of sovereignty over our lives, and it means that when things go wrong, as at times they must, we are liable to despair, because our destiny now rests in other hands, not our own. That is the weakness of contracting out large aspects of our lives, as against assuming personal and moral responsibility.

Jonathan Sacks ‘The Dignity of Difference’.

The idea that we fulfil God's will by waging war against the infidel, or forcing our specific practices on others, so that all humanity shares the same religion, is an idea that [...] owes much to the concept of empire and little to the heritage of Abraham which Jews, Christians and Muslims claim as their own […] The test of faith is whether I can make space for difference. Can I recognize God's image in someone who is not in my image, whose language, faith [and] ideals are different from mine? If I cannot, then I have made God in my image instead of allowing him to remake me in his.

Adapted from Jonathan Sachs: “The Dignity of Difference.”