Ron Sider: A Prayer Instead of Politics
Ron Sider is retiring from teaching at Eastern University and Palmer Theological Seminary! In his honor, we'll be running some of the "best of" by and about Ron on ESA this week. (Scroll down to the end for details on Ron's farewell lecture and retirement celebration!)
By Ron Sider
I often fail to come even close to the submission and faithfulness prayed for here, but these words represent my desire. I hope you can make these words your sincere longing as well.
Father, in the morning of this new day, I joyfully and gratefully submit every fiber of my being to you and your will.
I surrender every corner of my life, every ounce of personal ambition, striving and longing to you and your kingdom. By your grace, I ask for that purity of heart that wills only one thing—your will and glory.
Lord Jesus, in the morning of this new day, I ask for the grace to make every decision and perform every single act according to the values of your kingdom, according to the model you lived and taught.
And, blessed Holy Spirit, in the morning of this new day, I implore you to shower upon me the fullness of your fruits, gifts and power. Please intercede for me with groans too deep for human utterance so that all this day I may live and act for the honor and glory of the God whom I love and adore, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Ron Sider is the Founder and President Emeritus of Evangelicals for Social Action. This prayer first appeared on his blog and is reprinted here with permission.
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend the celebration of Ron Sider's retirement from teaching at Eastern University/Palmer Theological Seminary, on Friday, May 3, at 3:00 p.m.
Over the course of his long and storied career, Dr. Sider has been changing the way that Christians think about social justice. Please come and help us celebrate his work and his legacy!
We will hear Dr. Sider reflect on his decades spent learning, leading, and inspiring, in his retirement lecture: "My Journey with Rich Christians." Dr. Sider will also be signing books.
We hope to see you there!
Co-hosted by Palmer Theological Seminary and Evangelicals for Social Action
PS: If you are unable to attend, would you consider a gift in Ron's honor to help us preserve his work for future generations?