Monday, January 22, 2007

Pray like the Puritans...

"I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
with thee, O Father, as my harbour,
thee, O Son, at my helm,
thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails."

That is an excerpt from the prayer for the New Year that I have posted below. Isn't the imagery superb? A friend suggested I use this as my prayer to start my new working year. I love it so thought we could all be enriched by reading it...

New Year

Length of days does not profit me except the days are passed in thy presence,
in thy service, to thy glory.

Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides, sustains, sanctifies, aids every hour,
that I may not be one moment apart from thee,
but may rely on thy Spirit
to supply every thought,
speak every word,
direct every step,
prosper every work,
build up every mote of faith,
and give me a desire
to show forth thy praise,
testify thy love,
advance thy kingdom.

I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
with thee, O Father, as my harbour,
thee, O Son, at my helm,
thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.

Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,
my lamp burning,
my ear open to thy calls,
my heart full of love, my soul free.

Give me thy grace to sanctify me,
thy comforts to cheer me,
thy wisdom to teach,
thy right hand to guide,
thy counsel to instruct,
thy law to judge,
thy presence to stabilize.

May thy fear by my awe,
thy triumphs my joy.

(From The Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, p. 112)


2 Comments:

At 6:50 am, Blogger Dave said...

Amen to that!

I think that's a great prayer, and you're right, the imagery is brilliant.

What I really like about it is that there's no "new year's resolution" feel to it and no "give me lots of money, a happy family, and world peace" attitude. He (was it a guy who wrote it?) knows exactly what matters and he asks for it humbly.

Amen indeed.

 
At 7:28 pm, Blogger Cath said...

I agree Dave. I think that's what I like about it. It's humble but there's a real strength in that. How cool would it be to be able to pray like that?!

 

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