The President and Vice President of the Methodist Conference this year, have taken Holiness and Justice as their theme. I have been reflecting on this with the help of the booklet produced to introduce the theme. ‘God’s holiness is wholeness. Holy people, holy times, holy places are only holy in that we recognise that we are drawing close to God.’ Therese de Lisieux puts it like this: Holiness consists simply in doing God’s will, and being just what God wants us to be.’
‘It is not what we do that makes us holy people but what we allow God to do with us.’
I invite you to pray in the words of Martin Leckebusch:
Teach my heart to treasure mercy, whether given or received - for my need has not diminished since the day I first believed.
Let me seek no satisfaction boasting of what I have done, but rejoice that I am pardoned and accepted in your son.
Show me how to stand for justice: how to work for what is right, how to challenge false assumptions, how to walk within the light.
Make me conscious of your presence every day in all I do : by your spirit's gracious prompting, may I learn to walk with you.