I am a pretty big dude 6'2 over 300 pounds. So nothing gives me more joy than having heads turn as I step out of my Mini Cooper. I am feel like a super model, a veritable Cindy Crawford to the Mini Cooper marketing machine. Big Guy + Tiny Car = Match Made In Heaven.
My daughter and I last year drove the Mini Cooper . . .
O Lord, who hast mercy upon all, take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me the fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore thee,
a heart to delight in thee,
to follow and to enjoy thee,
for Christ's sake.
Ambrose of Milan, c 339-397
Syrian Christian - Early Church
O God, who are the unsearchable abyss of peace
The ineffable sea of love
The fountain of blessings
And the bestower of affection
Who sends peace to those that receive it
Open to us this day the sea of your love
Water us with plenteous streams from the riches of your grace
And from the most sweet springs of your kindness.
Make us children of . . .
Why is this happening to me?
"She was a fool, and so am I, and so is anyone who thinks he sees what God is doing." - Vonnegut
The modern day Job says. Lord who can know your ways? They are a mystery to me. When I stand and wonder at the world He has created I am in awe. Not just at the beauty of the world but at the mystery of his ways. Like Job I find myself . . .
Clement of Rome
Clement of Rome, 1st Century
We beseech thee, Master, to be our helper and protector.
Save the afflicted among us
have mercy on the lowly
raise up the fallen
appear to the needy
heal the ungodly
restore the wanderers of thy people
feed the hungry
ransom our prisoners
raise up the sick
comfort the faint-hearted.