Monday, November 20, 2017

Prelude to a Song of Worship

I read this prayer in the book Prayers for Life, published by Publications International, Ltd., which can be found here. It is a lovely book with beautiful artwork, scripture, and prayers for a variety of occasions.  It would make a lovely gift, in fact, I liked it so much that  I recently purchased a copy for a friend.  I didn't know anything about the author of the prayer, but the words were familiar from a song that I remembered from the 1970s. So, I Googled Richard of Chichester and found a bit of information about the man, the priest, the bishop, the saint, and the song--all thanks to Wikipedia

Richard of Chichester was the Bishop of Chichester and canonized in 1262. He is recognized as a saint by both the Episcopal and Roman Catholic churches. He was born in 1197 and died April 3, 1253. He was an ascetic who wore a hair shirt and refused to eat off of silver. He ate simply and was a vegetarian. When elected Bishop of Chichester, King Henry VIII refused to accept him and confiscated the see's properties and revenues. The church and Richard held their ground and eventually, full rights and property of the see were returned to him in 1246 and he earnestly began to write a body of statues to reform the morals and manners of his clergy and make changes to improve the order and reverence of the services.  Richard is the patron saint of the county of Sussex in England. His feast day is April 3 on the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church (USA).  He is also remembered for this beautiful prayer whichreflects his love of and devotion to Jesus: 

Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ

For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly.

The prayer was adapted for the song "Day by Day"  for the musical Godspell (1971) which is why it was familiar to me.

Day by Day

Day by day,
Dear Lord,  three things I pray:
To see Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly,
Day by Day.



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sufficient Grace 2 Corinthians 12:9

Grace: The free, unmerited, undeserved favor given by God. The love and mercy given to us by God, not because of anything that we have done to earn it but because He desires for us to have it. It is the gift of salvation and favor.  Rest in the assurance that it is sufficient (enough, ample, all that is needed, adequate) for whatever we are going through, no matter how powerful the storm, no matter how deep and dark the valley, no matter how bad the news. Grace. Sufficient. For. Me.  Hold tight to that truth. His grace is enough, all we need no matter what.
That comforts me. I hope it is a truth you will cling to and let it bring comfort to you as well.



Monday, October 30, 2017

Always There Psalm 139:10

I love this photo from one of my many trips to Jekyll Island, GA.  Such a beautiful little island. The ocean always seems to bring my heart closer to God. I think it is the magnitude of it and how it makes me realize how small I am and how enormous He is and that puts everything into the right perspective.



Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Little Halloween Fun

We are empty nesters so we don't do much on Halloween. In fact, when we had our farm, we had no trick or treaters the entire 21 years that we lived there. So we are a bit rusty when it comes to participating in the spookiest night of the year!

This year we are in a new neighborhood with quite a few children so we thought it would be fun to join in and give out candy.  I decorated my porch for fall several weeks ago but I wanted to add something special just for Halloween.  Nothing too scary, just something fun.  The wicked witch legs are always fun. So that's what I went with. 

A bit of drippy writing...with a tiny Jack O'Lantern face...(sorry about the glare, I put an acrylic sealer over the painting since it will be outside with variable temperatures for a week.)

Shiny boots and green bows and yellow and black stockings, oh my...

make for a fun little touch of Halloween.

Always time for a little fun. Happy Halloween.