The Canticle of Spencer
See the vastness of the Lord's strength & mercy,
To show such goodness to one like me.
His wisdom is far above, and I far below.
Yet, upon me, a great grace does He bestow.
He calls upon me to be like He is:
To love as He loves and give as He gives;
To forgive, to follow, and to father;
To lead my family further and further.
He calls me to do things that are impossible,
Yet, in His unfailing justice He makes them possible.
You equip us for the work of our call,
Oh Lord, always providing for us all.
You are faithful and in You we can trust,
For to all you are generous, loving, merciful, and just.
I marvel in His victory
I stand in awe of His mercy,
but above all I am speechless
that He wants me as His witness.
He is the Prince of Peace, our one Mediator
Yet he wishes me to be His ambassador.
He redeems us and saves us from sin, but that is not all.
He commissions us, sends us, and saves us for His great purpose, His call.
I praise that He brings us together as one,
In a unity that none thought could be done.
But, Lord, when we still feel alone, abandoned, and at a loss,
remind us that we can find you waiting for us on the Cross.
The Advent retreat was truly an encounter with Christ! How awesome!
To my God, my Heavenly Father:
From an early age you have been my Rock.
With comforting arms you have held me like a real father.
You have been my counsel, giving me your word to guide my life.
Each road that I have chosen you have walked with me.
You have never left my side.
You have shown me unending mercy and love.
You know my inner soul and weaknesses and love me all the more.
To Jesus Christ, my savior:
You have been my loving shepherd.
Leading me always back to my Father.
You are my redeemer.
Your sacrifice has saved my life.
You continue to constantly shepherd and feed me through your loving, faithful church.
Your life is my guide.
Your gentle care is a constant reminder of your great love for me.
Beautiful Holy Spirit:
You are my protector and my guide.
You flow through my life and open my heart.
You pray to my Father for me when I do not know the words.
You fill me with the strength to keep fighting the spiritual warfare and keep my eyes on the prize.