The prayer of the Day (Collect) for Sunday begins, “O God, You make the minds of Your faithful to be of one will.” An older version reads, “
“Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men.” Now that gets right at the challenge that faces God. How am I going to bring this unruly bunch that I have called into my church, to be my people, into order? I was able to bring order out of the chaos in the beginning when I created the world, can I now get these people whose tendency is to stray like a bunch of sheep without a shepherd, everyone going his/her own way, into a cohesive group pointed in the same direction?
Lord, we can’t do it on our own. You, and you alone can focus our minds on your will. That’s why we continue in our prayer, “Grant that we may love what you have commanded and desire what you promise.” Often, I don’t like your commands. They hamper me from going after what I desire. Furthermore, this world is changing at an ever-increasing pace. At times we find our minds are spinning. We need you, to fix our hearts, “where true joys are found.” You have done it, “through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit.” You are “one God, now and forever.” Amen, let it be so among us.