Praise & Thanksgiving

Posted: November 24, 2014 in Blog, Pastor's Corner
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Puritans are often thought of as, well, puritanical, in the most negative sense possible. However, when reading a collection of puritan prayers gathered together in a small volume titled The Valley of Vision, the hearts of these men of God are much greater than priggish-pietists, prudishly forcing others to think and feel the same. The heart of these prayers have aided my heart to transcend in prayer and thanksgiving, which is most appropriate as we celebrate Thanksgiving. My hope is that this prayer might be yours also, at least in part, as we praise God and offer up thanksgiving for the manifold gifts we have in Jesus Christ.

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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 delightful thoughts spring up, 

ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed, 

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 thous has given me, 

for preserving its strength and vigor,

for providing sense to enjoy delights, 

for the ease and freedom of my limbs,

for hands, eyes, ears, that do thy bidding,

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 sorrow and necessities,

for a mind to care for my 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 thou art to thy creatures.

Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity.”

Psalm 103:1–5 — “1 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, 3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Happy Thanksgiving

Pastor Brian

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