Year’s End.

If your year has been anything remotely similar to mine (in thinking you might not make it through), then like me, you will be unable to sincerely pray this prayer without tears overflowing out of your brokenness. Taken from “The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions”… a book that, if I could afford it, I would give to all those I love. This past year when I’ve been speechless, not knowing what or even how to pray, the words in this prayer book have centered me and brought me back to truth, enabling me to pour out my heart to the One who created it. So, the prayer for the year’s end, of which I can formulate no better prayer to end this blessed yet twisting wilderness:

O Love beyond compare,
Thou art good when thou givest,
when thou takest away,
when the sun shines upon me,
when the night gathers over me.
Thou hast loved me before the foundation of the world,
and in love didst redeem my soul;
Thou dost love me still,
in spite of my hard heart, ingratitude, distrust.
Thy goodness has been with me during another year,
leading me through a twisting wilderness,
in retreat helping me to advance,
when beaten back making sure headway.
Thy goodness will be with me in the year ahead;
I hoist sail and draw up anchor,
With thee as the blessed Pilot of my future
as of my past.
I bless thee that thou hast veiled my eyes
to the waters ahead.
If thou hast appointed storms of tribulation,
thou wilt be with me in them;
If I have to pass through tempests of persecution and temptation,
I shall not drown;
If I am to die,
I shall see thy face sooner;
If a painful end is to be my lot,
grant me grace that my faith fail not;
If I am to be cast aside from the service I love,
I can make no stipulation;
Only glorify thyself in me whether in comfort or trial,
as a chosen vessel meet always
for thy use.

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1 Comment

  1. Tammie said,

    December 31, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I love it! May borrow that one… Happy New Year!


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