As I read from my devotion this morning the word that kept lingering in my mind was covenant. Covenant is not really a word that we use in our common everyday language, but instead we use a similar word, we use the word promise. What strikes me is that we live in a world that is quick to make promises that often are not kept. We use the word promise as if it means nothing.
This morning I was reading from Genesis 9:1-17, about God’s covenant with Noah. God established His covenant with Noah promising never again to cut off all life and destroy the earth. God gave us a sign, a rainbow as a reminder of the covenant He made with Noah and all humanity. God’s covenant never fails. Yes, terrible things happen in the world, but God has not destroyed us. God loves us enough that He chose to be in relationship with us. Sadly, not everyone has chosen to be in relationship with Him.
When I think about what it means for God to make a covenant with me, I’m saddened by the fact that as much as I try I will never be perfect and sometimes I fall away forgetting the relationship I have with Him and not seeking Him first. Yet, I also rejoice in the fact that God understands and knows my imperfections and still loves me unconditionally.
One covenant I made was with my Company of New Pastors. I entered a covenant to read the Scriptures and the Book of Confessions daily, and I admit I have read sporadically. Things come up my life gets busy, I forget or sometimes just put my readings aside. I pray that as I move forward I can not only be reminded of my covenant, but that I can act on it as well. When I read the Scriptures I feel my life is more full than when I don’t. I pray that when things get busy I will remember to stop and meditate on the Word of God before I let things get too out of control.
This prayer is one my husband read to me once. It’s the prayer of Lorica of St. Patrick. This has been a refreshing reminder to me of what it means to be in a covenant relationship with the Lord.
Lorica of St. Patrick
I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity:
by invocation of the same the Three in One and One in Three.
I bind this day to me forever by power of faith,
His baptism in the Jordan river,
His death on the Cross for my Salvation,
His bursting from the spiced tomb,
His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom I bind unto myself today!
I bind unto myself today the power of God to hold and lead:
His eye to watch,
His might to stay,
His ear to harken to my need:
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide,
His shield to ward;
The Word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard!
Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
I bind unto myself the name, the strong name of the Trinity: by invocation of the same the Three in One and One in Three, of whom all nature hath creation, Eternal Father,
Spirit, Word: praise to the Lord of my salvation — salvation is of Christ the Lord!