Friday, May 3, 2013

A Bulletin Prayer

This week has been full of coming and going around our house. 

This morning I slowed down a little and found myself sitting quiet enjoying a prayer from a bulletin a relative sent me.  I thought I would share it with you.

“Almighty God, there is no other subject of meditation that can fix our wandering thoughts, purify our sinful thoughts, harmonize our perplexed thoughts, sooth and comfort our sad and mournful thoughts as to think upon you – your love, your power, your holiness, your wisdom – this alone will sweeten the solitude, smooth the roughness, and illumine the path homeward across the desert of this life.  Most of all, we rejoice not in our thoughts toward you, O God, but in your thoughts toward us!  You – upon whom all the worlds and all the creatures depend – you have thoughts of love toward us.  Oh, wondrous grace that entwines us, your beloved children, in your thoughts of peace, and care, and sympathy, with an intensity, individuality, and minuteness.  You have engraved us on the palm of your hands.  Amidst all our mental wanderings, our fickle, faint thoughts of you, you still remember us, through Jesus Christ your beloved Son.  In that we rejoice!  Amen.”

 -adapted from Octavius Winslow, reflecting on Psalm 139:17

Grace and peace be ours in abundance as we think on God.  May we encounter His great love for us in a way that penetrates deep—healing hurts, revealing truth, guiding us through decisions and uncertainty, and giving us confidence to trust Him more with each passing moment.

Jessica :)

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