The first service of the New Year in our church was the Covenant service, when we remind ourselves of the vows we have made to our heavenly Bridegroom. Similar to the Lordship prayer we often pray at Ellel Grange, the Covenant prayer reminds us that we have promised to serve our Lord wholeheartedly, whether it is glamorous or not, whether it is costly or not and whether what He asks us to do is something we want to do or not. This is followed by Communion, reminding us that Jesus has kept His side of the bargain completely, and that He has fulfilled all the promises made to us through His sacrifice on the cross.
Last year, my husband and I celebrated our fortieth wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful party to celebrate and a blessing in church which brought back many happy memories. Our courting had been brief, and at a distance, so there were many phone calls to keep in touch and deepen our relationship.
Our courting with our heavenly Bridegroom has been much longer of course, though there are many signs which appear to be showing that all our waiting may soon come to an end. But how has the courting been? Have we been constantly “on the telephone” and really getting to know Jesus through His Word?
It’s still not too late to make New Year’s resolutions so maybe it’s time for some of us to make a fresh resolve to keep in better touch with our Bridegroom and to ensure we aren’t caught without the oil in our lamps.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I don’t know when You are coming back, but I want to be ready for You when You do come. Please forgive me that I don’t spend enough time with You, and help me, through the power of Your Holy Spirit, to set aside more time to get to know You better. Amen.
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