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Work expresses faith for Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity

by Richard Mize Published: February 23, 2013

The point is to express the love of God by working with others — any and all willing others, for all people are God's people — to eliminate poverty housing.

Talk without action is dead, in other words, which might sound familiar. (See James 2:14-17, especially 17.)

But at certain stages of Habitat life, “God talk” dominates: Prayers before board meetings and meals; devotionals before staff meetings — and worship at house dedications.

The short — 15-minute — dedication Friday, like all Habitat dedications, included a litany, this one led by board member Kevyn Colburn. Feel free to pray it with your spouse, or a friend, or by yourself. I'm sure that neither the Medinas nor anyone with Habitat would mind.

Leader: Great and gracious God, you are the giver of all things.

People: We praise you for your kindness. We humbly accept your mercy.

Leader: We ask your blessing on all that we think, all that we do, and all that we have.

People: May our words and actions be pleasing in your sight.

Leader: We pray that you will dwell with us as we gather in this house today.

People: May we recognize your presence, O God.

Leader: Keep us mindful of those who have no safe dwelling, no peaceful place in which to live.

People: Help us see the hurts of others and to understand those hurts as your pain, O God.

Leader: Remind us of all that we may possess and do in your name if we will trust in your promises and obey your commandments.

People: Move us to action, O God. Empower us with confidence.

Leader: Guide us to serve you by working with those who are in need of decent shelter.

All: Fill our hearts with mercy and our minds with understanding. May the work we do be a witness to our faith as we extend the shelter of your love to others. Amen.

And after a benediction, everybody left to put their faith back to work.

by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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