Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Shore of Unceasing Praise

I've been reading from the Valley of Vision, a collection of Pilgrim prayers. One thing I've really enjoyed, among many, is the way the writers used examples from life to illustrate their prayers. There are many such in these writings, but I wanted to share one I recently admired entitled:

"O Lord of the Oceans,
My little bark sails on a restless sea,
Grant that Jesus may sit at the helm and steer me safely;
Suffer no adverse currents to divert my heavenward course;
Let not my faith be wrecked amid storms and shoals;
Bring me to harbor with flying pennants, hull unbreached, cargo unspoiled.

I ask great things, expect great things, shall receive great things.
I venture on thee wholly, fully, my wind, sunshine, anchor, defence.
The voyage is long, the waves high, the storms pitiless,
but my helm is held steady, thy Word secures safe passage,
thy grace wafts me onward, my haven is guaranteed,
this day will bring me nearer home.

Grant me holy consistency in every transaction,
my peace flowing as a running tide, my righteousness as every chasing wave.
Help me to live circumspectly, with skill to convert every care into prayer.
Halo my path with gentleness and love, smooth every asperity of temper;
let me not forget how easy it is to occasion grief;
May I strive to bind up every wound, and pour oil on all troubled waters,
may the world this day be happier and better because I live.

Let my mast before me be the Savior's cross,
and every oncoming wave the fountain in his side.
Help me, protect me in the moving sea, until I reach the shore of unceasing praise.

"If my bark sink, 'tis to another sea. Mortality's ground floor is immortality."
Emily Dickinson

When at times I sink beneath storms and waves, help me O Lord, to throw myself wholly on you and cling to you, the Rock of Ages.