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Loving God with all our Mind

Yesterday we continued our sermon series based on John Wesley’s essay “The Character of a Methodist.”

Jesus said we are called to “Love the LORD our God with all our hearts, with all our souls, all our minds and all our strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves.” This series is focusing on each one of those statements and this week we looked at how we love God with our minds. Personally I think this can tricky. One the one hand we think ourselves into a state of anxiety and uncertainty. Or we can dismiss what we think and focus only on the heart and spirit. I think we are called to dedicate our minds to do the will of God.

You can find the link to the worship service here.

During the sermon I shared this prayer from St. Anselm in the 10th century as one way to focus our minds on seeking God and learning from God.

O Lord my God,
Teach my heart this day where and how to see you,
Where and how to find you.
You have made me and remade me,
And you have bestowed on me
All the good things I possess,
And still I do not know you.
I have not yet done that
For which I was made.
Teach me to seek you,
For I cannot seek you
Unless you teach me,
Or find you
Unless you show yourself to me.
Let me seek you in my desire,
Let me desire you in my seeking.
Let me find you by loving you,
Let me love you when I find you.

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