A prayer

This has been posted so many times it is almost a cliche. I unearthed it from an old act of worship last week. It is attributed to Teresa of Avilia (1515-1582).

I like how it reminds us that, with God’s help, it is down to us: I guess that means life has to be lived more openly. It is a reminder to those with faith that saying and doing pious stuff is not the limit of being a Christian.

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

2 thoughts on “A prayer”

  1. This is literally true. Throughout the Bible, God works His will through broken people–Noah, Abram, Isaac, and especially Jacob (who, like me, wrestles with God).

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