Our New Year's service on Sunday was more beautiful than our Christmas Eve Service the previous Sunday. To share a sanctuary with the body of Christ - people whose love and desire to do God's will in the New Year is almost tangible - can only fill one's soul with joy and good will.
During corporate prayer, the elder who prayed asked God that we "be in the middle of His will for not to be in the middle of His will is to sin."
It is a prayer that I often whisper in various subtle versions because part of me wants it but part of me is scared of it. In the end though, when I look at what I truly and deeply want to change in my life it is the desire to be 'in God's will" and to love "God with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind and love my neighbor as myself."
They go hand in hand, I think.
More love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make on bended knee.
This is my earnest plea: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!