I’m in the thick of writing narrative assessments right now, so I don’t have too many interesting thoughts of my own, so I thought I would share someone else’s thoughts that I’ve been reading lately.
Call it my evil cynicism, but I’ve grown a little tired of the usual prayers I’ve heard lately (including many of my own) that begin in the same old way: “Dear God, thank you for this day. Thank you for the chance for us to come together and <worship you/fellowship/get to know each other better>. Help us to honor you with our words and actions. In Jesus’ name…”
Okay, so a 10 for sincerity, but pretty low on the charts in terms of real content. So Stephen bought me this book of old prayers and devotionals, and it’s been very interesting and thought-provoking to read them. Here’s one of my recent favorites:
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 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 strentgh and vigor,
for providing senses to enjoy delights,
for the ease and freedom of my limbs,
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 sorrows and necessities,
for a mind to care for 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 art thou to thy creatures.
Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity.