Monday, November 26, 2007

Praise and Thanksgiving from "The Valley of Vision"

I have recently begun reading through The Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan prayers arranged by Arthur Bennett. Each prayer that I read is my favorite -- they are exquisite expressions of devotion to God that read like poetry. It is a little late for Thanksgiving, but gratitude should be a year-round feeling!

Praise and Thanksgiving

O my God,
Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects,
my heart admires, adores, loves Thee,
for my little vessel is as full as it can be,
and I would pour out all that fullness before Thee in ceaseless flow.

When I think upon and converse with Thee
     ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up,
     ten thousand sources of pleasure are unseal,
     ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart,
     crowding into every moment of happiness.

I bless thee for the soul thou hast created,
     for adorning it, sanctifying it, though it is fixed in barren soil;
     for the body thou hast given me,
     for preserving its strength and vigour,
     for providing sense to enjoy delights,
     for the ease and freedom of my limbs,
     for hands, eyes, ears that do thy bidding;
     for thy royal bounty providing my daily support,
     for a full table and overflowing cup,
     for appetite, taste, sweetness,
     for social joys of relatives and friends,
     for ability to serve others,
     for a heart that feels sorrow and necessities,
     for a mind to care for my fellow-men,
     for opportunities of spreading happiness around,
     for loved ones in the joys of heaven,
     for my own expectation of seeing thee clearly.

I love thee above the powers of language to express,
     for what thou are to thy creatures.

Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity.

1 comment:

  1. I too love to read The Valley of Vision... You feel the passion of the writer to our Maker as you read each beautifully crafted word...
    May His glory be revealed in His precious vessels <3


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