The Means of Grace: Colossians
Hope and Suffering
You are farther from the Triune God, and more hostile to Him, than you realize.
Jesus is your perfect representative, penitent, and “price-payer.”
Christ in you, the hope of glory will shape your lesser hopes.
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we Your unworthy servants do give You most humble and hearty thanks for all Your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all people. We bless You for our creation, preservation and all the blessings of this life; but above all, for Your inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we beseech You, give us that due sense of all Your mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we show forth Your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to Your service, and by walking before You in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to Whom with You and the Holy Spirit be all honour and glory, forever and ever. Amen.