Monday, March 22, 2010

God over all...

This morning I feel the need to remind myself of what is true (as opposed to what is hype, what is spin). So I turn to that wonderful book of Puritan prayers, The Valley of Vision, and pray for the week ahead:

O God all-sufficient, Thou hast made and upholdeth all things in this world by your power;
darkness is Ty pavilion,
though walkest on the wings of the wind;
all nations are nothing before thee;
one generation succeeds another,
and we hasten back to the dust;
the heavens we ehold will vanish away like the clouds that cover them,
the earth we tread on will dissolve as a morning dream;
But thou, unchangeable and incorruptible, art forever and ever, God over all, blessed eternally.
Infinitely great and glorious art thou.
We are thy offspring and thy care.
Thy hands have made and fashioned us.
Thou hast watched over us with more than parental love, more than maternal tenderness. Thou has holden our soul in life, and not suffered our foot to be moved. Thy divine power has given us all things necessary for life and godliness.
Let us bless thee at all times and forget not how thou hast
forgiven our iniquities,
healed our diseases,
redeemed our lives from destruction,
crowned us with loving-kindness and tender mercies,
satisfied our mouths with good things,
renewed our youth like the eagle's.
May thy Holy Scriptures govern every part of our lives, and regulate the discharge of all our duties, so that we may adorn thy doctrine in all things.

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