Another Puritan Prayer

I am still enjoying my vacation time away. If you are interested I am in Ohio enjoying fall and visiting with family and friends. Yes, I am wearing a mask and maintaining my social distance. I also was tested for Covid-19 before I left and tested negative. My husband and I are enjoying the cooler weather and all a northern fall has to offer.

So, today, I wanted to share another prayer with you from the book, “The Valley of Vision.” These are wonderful prayers and typically when I read through them I read them in all their Old English splendor, enjoying the lyrical quality of the prayer. Then I re-read them substituting modern English which gives me a better overall understanding of the prayer.

Today, I have chosen a prayer entitled “Comforts.” It is a great reminder of all the comforts we have in a time when it is too easy to complain about what we don’t have or have lost to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Comforts

Giver of all Good, Streams upon streams of love overflow my path. Thou hast made me out of nothing, hast recalled me from a far country, hast translated me from ignorance to knowledge, from darkness to light, from death to life, from misery to peace, from folly to wisdom, from error to truth, from sin to victory.

Thanks be to thee from my high and holy calling. I bless thee for ministering angels, for the comfort of thy Word, for the ordinances of thy church, for the teaching of thy Spirit, for thy holy sacraments, for the communion of saints, for Christian fellowship, for the recorded annals of holy lives for examples sweet to allure, for beacons sad to deter.

Thy will is in all thy provisions to enable me to grow in grace, and to be meet for thy eternal presence. My heaven-born faith gives promise of eternal sight, my new birth a pledge of never-ending life. I draw near to thee, knowing thou wilt drew near to me. I ask of thee, believe though hast already given. I entrust myself to thee, for thou hast redeemed me. I bless and adore thee, the eternal God, fro the comfort of these thoughts, the joy of these hopes.

Amen.

Peace,

Pastor Beth

If you would like to read more of these prayers they are published in the book , “The Valley of Vison, A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions” edited by Arthur Bennett and published by: The Banner of Truth Trust.

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