Monday, February 14, 2011

A prayer for Valentine's Day

Take some time this Valentine's Day to reflect on your love for our Savior and how you can show His love to others.

O Lover of the loveless,
It is thy will that I should love thee
with heart, soul, mind, and strength,
and my neighbor as myself.

But I am not suffieient for these things.
There is by nature not pure love in my soul;
Every affection in me is turned from thee;
I am bound, a slave to lust,
I cannot love thee, lovely as thou art,
until thou dost set me free.

By grace I am thy freeman and would serve thee,
for I believe thou art my God in Jesus,
and that through him I am redeemed,
and my sins are forgiven.

With this freedom I would always obey thee,
but I cannot walk in liberty,
any more than I could first attain it, of myself.
May thy Spirit draw me nearer to thee and thy ways.

Thou art the end of all means,
for if they lead me not to thee,
I go away empty.

Order all my ways by thy holy Word
and make thy commandments the joy of my heart,
that by them I may have happy converse with thee.
May I grow in the love and manifest it to mankind.

Spirit of Love, make me like the loving Jesus;
give me his benevolent temper,
his benevolent actions,
that I may shine before men to thy glory.

The more thou doest in love in me and by me,
humble me the more;
keep me meek in lowly,
and always ready to give thee honour.

This prayer is from the book Valley of Vision.  It is a collection of prayers from the Puritans.

1 comment:

  1. WHHHAAATTT! I think we might be sisters from another life! You love to cook as much as I do... AND you are adopting from ET =) I think I might have a blogger crush ;0