Beloved Children of God
(Rev. Emily Hylden)

“We realize that we are not the source of our power, that the power in us is not something we have to fuel with our own little bodies, that it’s not energy we have to work up out of our own stores, but our true power comes from God. Our power is rooted in and nourished by the ultimate truth that we are each beloved children of God.”

What does it mean for you to be a beloved child of God?

Psalm 31:9-16 (The Sidney Psalter)

Oh Lord, of thee, lett me still mercy wynne;
For troubles, of all sides, have me within;
My ey, my gutts, yea my soule, grief doth waste.
My life with heaviness, my yeares with moane
Doe pine: my strength with paine is wholly gone:
And ev’n my bones consume, where they be plast.

All my feirce foes reproach on me did cast:
Yea neighbours, more, my mates, were so aghast,
That in the streetes from sight of me they fledd:
Now I, now I my self forgotten find,
Even like a dead man, dreamed out of mind,
Or like a broken pott, in myre tredd.

I understand what railing greate men spredd:
Feare was each where, while they their councells ledd
All to this pointe, how my poore life to take;
But I did trust in thee Lord, I did say,
Thou art my God, my time on thee doth stay:
Save me from foes, who seeke my bane to bake.

Thy face to shine upon thy servant make,
And save me in, and for, thy mercies sake;

This episode was written and recorded by Rev. Emily Hylden, the vicar at St. Augustine’s Oak Cliff in Dallas, TX. It was produced by Rev. Jim Keat. Background tracks include Button Mushrooms by Podington Bear and Come And Go by Timber Choir.

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