Latchstring

Oh, Eternal Christ, 
understandable to even me, 
I thank you for putting the latchstring so low I can reach it. 
I can reach the Highest, for you are the Highest become lowly, reachable. 
And so I come, for in You I "see" everything I need. I thank you.

(A prayer of E. Stanley Jones)

Descend Upon My Heart

Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
Wean it from earth, through all its pulses move.
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as you are,
And make me love you as I ought to love.

Teach me to feel that you are always nigh;
Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear,
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh;
Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.

Teach me to love you as your angels love,
One holy passion filling all my frame;
The baptism of the Heaven-descended Dove,
My heart an altar and your love the flame.

(From a hymn of George Croly, slightly revised; photo by keiutruongphoto via pixabay.com)

Shelter Me

For Peace

 

Let there be peace on earth, 
and let it begin with me. 


Give Us This Day

 

Give us this day our daily bread, 
our daily love,
our daily light, 
our daily breath, 
our daily sight, 
our daily word, 
our daily warmth, 
our daily work, 
our daily strength, 
our daily help, 
our daily smiles, 
our daily hope, 
our daily trials, 
our daily tests, 
our daily trust,
our daily rest, 
our daily run 
from sun to sun, 
until this earthly life is done, 
in Jesus' name, amen. 

Incline My Heart

Lord God Adonai, 
incline my heart 
to run to your will and not from it...
when it pleases me, and when it doesn't...
when I am at peace, 
and when I am in turmoil...
when you call me to ease 
and when you call me to sorrow, 
for in your will is your wisdom, 
and in obedience 
is my peace. Amen.

(photo by wal_172619 via pixabay.com)