With Hearts Enlightened

Our fall 2020 diocesan study begins October 12, featuring the 2020 diocesan theme – “May the eyes of your heart be enlightened” – from the Letter to the Ephesians (1:18).

In the letter, the apostle Paul offers a prayer for the believers in Ephesus:

I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 
so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened,
you may know what is the hope to which he has called you,
what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 
and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe (Ephesians 1:17-19).

We have asked six persons – men and women, clergy and laity – to reflect on this prayer. Each week we will offer a written reflection and an audio interview with one of the presenters as we take up Paul’s prayer for our own time.

In week 1, Bishop David Reed will speak about the choice of this verse to guide the diocese in 2020.

In week 2, the Rev. Daniel Strandlund will consider how God’s wisdom and revelation point us toward the full coming of God’s kingdom.

Week 3, Liz Manning recalls an incident when she was able to see with the eyes of her heart enlightened that God would bring new life out of devastation.

In week 4, Drew Cauthorn will relate the hope he has found in the “men in white” in a Texas prison.

Week 5, the Rev. Reagan Gonzales will speak about our glorious inheritance among the saints.

In the final week, Clark Hendley reminds us that we call on the power of God daily even as we pray “for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever.”

Each week’s session will arrive in your email inbox on Monday, beginning October 12.

If there are others you think might enjoy this study, invite them to subscribe to the Adult Christian Formation website at christianformation-dwtx.org.

If you have questions, email Marjorie George at marjorie.george@dwtx.org.

We welcome your comments.

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