Lenten Devotion: Wednesday, April 1
. . .and you show that you are a letter of Christ, prepared by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
2 Corinthians 3:3
Reading these lines from 2 Corinthians brings to mind the life of Archdeacon Frederick W. Neve, truly a man of the cloth who embodied the letter of Christ written on his heart. Archdeacon Neve, the Rector of our parish who came from England in May 1888, established mission churches throughout the Blue Ridge. His Order of the Thousandfold, founded in 1926, included a prayer that members prayed each day: “Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Who with thy Son Jesus Christ hast given us all things in heaven and earth, we beseech Thee to make us a thousandfold more useful to Thee than ever before, so that Thy power and blessing may flow through us to multitudes of others who are in need, and also make us more willing and loving servants of Thine to Thy honor and glory for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.”
I love the grandness of Neve’s vision, and believe that the God to whom Neve prayed was a powerful, loving God of endless possibilities.
In addition to the Prayer of the Thousandfold, there was a Rule of Life, strengthening the worldwide members of the Order for the work of serving God. With a daily prayer to be a blessing to God, Neve led a life of loving service. This Lent, I commend the Prayer of the Thousandfold to you, and pray for eyes to see the ways God would have us serve those in need, for God’s glory.