Between Heaven and Earth - Prayers and Reflections of Others #7

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by LittleBluestem, Aug 26, 2007.

  1. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    It’s time to start a new thread for my on-going series of quotes for the book Between Heaven and Earth: Prayers and Reflections that Celebrate an Intimate God edited by Ken Gire. I am currently in Part 4, Why Do We Pray? and just starting the section Because Christ is Lord - Consecration.
    [This Message was Edited on 08/29/2007]
  2. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Spiritus Sanctus
    O Holy Spirit,
    As the sun is full of light, the ocean full of water,
    Heaven full of glory, so may my heart be full of Thee. ...

    Give me Thyself without measure,
    as an unimpaired fountain,
    as inexhaustible riches.
    I bewail my coldness, poverty, emptiness,
    imperfect vision, languid service,
    prayerless prayers, praiseless praises.
    Suffer me not to grieve or resist Thee.

    Come as power,
    to expel every rebel lust, to reign supreme and keep me Thine;
    Come as teacher,
    leading me into all truth, filling me with all understanding,
    Come as love,
    that I may adore the Father, and love him as my all;
    Come as joy,
    to dwell in me, move in me, animate me,
    Come as light,
    illuminating the Scripture, molding me in its laws;
    Come as sanctifier,
    body, soul and spirit wholly Thine;
    Come as helper,
    with strength to bless and keep, directing my every step;
    Come as beautifier,
    bringing order out of confusion, loveliness out of chaos;
    Magnify to me Thy glory by being magnified in me;
    and make me redolent of Thy fragrance.
    </PRE>[This Message was Edited on 08/26/2007]
  3. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Martin Luther
    <FONT SIZE=-1>(1483-1546) German theologian, writer, and teacher who started the Reformation</FONT>

    Ah, dearest Jesus, Holy Child,
    Make thee a bed, soft, undefiled,
    Within my heart, that it may be
    A quiet chamber kept for thee.
  4. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Celtic Prayer
    <FONT SIZE=-1>The Celts inhabited the British Isles after the fall of the Roman Empire (ca. 450-700 A.D.) Their rich artistic tradition included the illumination of manuscripts.</FONT>

    Lord of my heart, give me vision to inspire me,
    That, working or resting, I may always think of You.

    Lord of my heart, give me light to guide me,
    That, at home or abroad, I may always walk in Your way.

    Lord of my heart, give me wisdom to direct me,
    That, thinking or acting, I may always discern right from wrong.

    Lord of my heart, give me courage to strengthen me,
    That, amongst friends or enemies, I may always proclaim Your justice.

    Lord of my heart, give me trust to console me,
    That, hungry or well-fed, I may always rely on Your mercy.

    Lord of my heart, save me from empty praise,
    That, I may always boast of You.

    Lord of my heart, save me from worldly wealth,
    That, I may always look to the riches of heaven.

    Lord of my heart, save me from military prowess,
    That, I may always seek Your protection.

    Lord of my heart, save me from vain knowledge,
    That, I may always study Your word.

    Lord of my heart, save me from unnatural pleasures,
    That, I may always find joy in your wonderful creation.

    Heart of my own heart, whatever may befall me,
    rule over my thoughts and feelings, my words and actions.

    <FONT FACE="Book Antiqua"><FONT SIZE=+1>
    The last lines of this poem remind me of the last lines of the Celtic hymn Be Thou My Vision:
    “Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
    Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.”

    I wonder if they were written by the same person or if one poet influenced the other.
  5. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Howard Thurman

    My ego is like a fortress,
    I have built its walls stone by stone
    To hold out the invasion of the love of God.

    But I have stayed here long enough. There is light
    Over the barriers. O my God -
    The darkness of my house forgive
    And overtake my soul.

    I relax the barriers.
    I abandon all that I think I am,
    All that I hope to be,
    All that I believe I possess.

    I let go of the past,
    I withdraw my grasping hand from the future,
    And in the great silence of this moment,
    I alertly rest my soul.

    As the sea gull lays in the wind current,
    So I lay myself into the spirit of God.

    My dearest human relationships,
    My most precious dreams,
    I surrender to His care.

    All that I have called my own
    I give back. All my favorite thing
    Which I would withhold in my storehouse
    From his fearful tyranny,
    I let go.

    I give myself
    Unto Thee, O my God.
    Amen. [This Message was Edited on 09/05/2007]
  6. jinlee

    jinlee Member

    The poem "I Alertly Rest My Soul"....should have a kleenex warning. It really spoke to my talked about things I have been sitting and mulling over in my heart all night...It is 3:30 a.m. and my mind needs to rest in Him.

    I don't know why it is so hard for my to totally let go and let God.

    Thank you so much for your encouragement on this board and your poems.

    In Christ,
  7. Lms526

    Lms526 New Member

    This prayer is taken from a devotional called "When I'm On My Knees" It really spoke to me.

    Father, hear the prayer we offer;
    Not for ease that prayer shall be,
    but for strength that we may ever
    live our lives courageously.

    Not forever in green pastures
    Do we ask our way to be,
    But the steep and rugged pathway
    May we tread rejoicingly.

    Not forever by still waters
    would we idly quietly stay
    But would smite the living fountains
    from the rocks along the way.

    Be our strength in hours of weakness
    in our wanderings be our guide
    Through endeavor, failure, and danger
    Father be thou at our side.

    Written by Love M. Willis
  8. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    St. Ignatius of Loyola
    <FONT SIZE=-1>(1491-1556) Founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and author of Spiritual Exercises</FONT>
    Dear Lord,
    teach me to be generous:
    teach me to serve You as You deserve;
    to give and not to count the cost;
    to fight and not to heed the wounds;
    to toil and not to seek for rest;
    to labor and not to ask for reward,
    save that of knowing that I am doing Your will.
    </PRE>[This Message was Edited on 09/09/2007]
  9. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member


    Breathe in me, Holy Spirit, that all my thoughts may be holy.
    Act in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
    Draw my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy.
    Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
    Guard me, Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy.
  10. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    The next set of quotes is from the section Because We Desire Him - Above All Else
  11. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Psalm 42:1-2a

    As the deer pants for streams of water,
    So my soul pants for you, O God.
    My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
  12. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Oswald Chambers, from My Utmost for His Highest

    Think of the last thing you prayed about - were you devoted to your desire or to God? Determined to get some gift of the Spirit or to get at God? “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” The point of asking is that you may bet to know God Better. “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will five you the desires of your heart.” Keep praying in order to get a perfect understanding of God Himself.[This Message was Edited on 10/21/2007]
  13. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    <B>George McDonald</B>

    He who seeks the Father more than anything He can give, is likely to have what he asks, for he is not likely to ask amiss.
  14. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Psalm 63:1-8 (NIV)
    A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.
    O God, you are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
    my soul thirsts for you,
    my body longs for you,
    in a dry and weary land
    where there is no water.

    I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.

    Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.

    I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.

    My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

    On my bed I remember you;
    I think of you through the watches of the night.

    Because you are my help,
    I sing in the shadow of your wings.

    My soul clings to you;
    your right hand upholds me.
  15. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Richard of Chichester
    <FONT SIZE=-1>(1197-1253) English Bishop who worked to abolish the abuses common is the church of his day.</FONT>

    Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ,
    for all the benefits that you have given us,
    for all the pains and insults that you have borne for us.
    Most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother,
    may we know you more clearly,
    love you more dearly,
    and follow you more nearly,
    day by day.
    <FONT FACE="Book Antiqua"><FONT SIZE=+1>
    Those of us of a certain age will recognize the last lines of this as the inspiration for the song Day By Day from the play Godspell.
    </FONT></FONT>[This Message was Edited on 11/04/2007][This Message was Edited on 11/11/2007]
  16. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Cyprian of Carthage
    <FONT SIZE=-1>(ca. 200-258) Bishop of Carthage in North Africa who was arrested and beheaded in the Valerian persecution</FONT>

    <FONT FACE="Book Antiqua"><FONT SIZE=+1>I chose to post this today because today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. It is from the section WHO PRAYS? People from Across the Centuries.</FONT></FONT>

    We believe and trust, Lord, that at the time of terrible persecution, You will hear and answer our prayers with the utmost urgency. We pray with all our hearts that You will give us courage to remain true to the gospel, and proclaim Your name right up until the moment of death. Then may we emerge from the snares of this world into Your glorious light. As we have been linked together by love and peace, and together we have endured persecution, may we rejoice together in the kingdom of heaven.[This Message was Edited on 11/11/2007]
  17. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Psalm 73:25-26 (NASB)
    <FONT SIZE=-1>A Psalm of Asaph</FONT>

    Whom have I in heaven but Thee?
    And besides Thee, I desire nothing on earth.
    My flesh and my heart may fail,
    But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

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