I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year

The prayer below was first brought to my attention by Melinda Mahand, a favorite teacher of both of my children.  The writer of the prayer, however,  is unknown.  Perhaps it’s better that way in order that we might make this prayer our own for the coming year….

God bless you dear reader for an epic 2013, and may you prosper in the coming New Year even as your soul prospers!

 

Prayer for the 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 harbor,
with Thee, O Son, at my helm,
with 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 be my awe, Thy triumphs my joy.

Amen.

 

Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee

In the beginning, first things first!

What better way to begin the FIRST post on my FIRST blog than with a Thomas Chalmers quote on the FIRST chapter of the FIRST book of the New Testament!  Profound thoughts on Matthew 1:

Matthew 1

“All history is subservient to the great work of Redemption; and the genealogy here presented offers to our view a series of steps conducting onward from the Patriarchal ages to Him who is the Author of Redemption.  What a deep mystery is the Incarnation of our Savior; yet without dwelling on the modus of the fact, let us look to the fact itself, as that by which a highway of communication has been opened up from the corporeal to the spiritual; and we, shrined in frameworks of clay, may be said to have obtained a sight of Him who is the very image and representation of the Godhead.  We would turn aside to see this great sight, and fall down in lowly reverence before the incarnate Deity.

  • And under what an endearing and comforting title is it that He is first announced to us – Jesus the Savior – and from what?  He saves us from our sins – not the guilt of them only, but also the power of them.  — Realize upon me, O God, the whole of this salvation.  Give me a part, both in the justifying righteousness which this Jesus hath brought in, and in the sanctifying grace which He sheds forth on all who believe in Him, that I may be regenerated as well as reconciled; and that admitted to the pardon which has been sealed by His blood, I may furthermore be purified — and, meet for the Master’s use, may become one of His peculiar people, zealous of good works.

~ Thomas Chalmers, “Sabbath Scripture Readings”