Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Humility In Service


I humble myself for faculties misused,
 opportunities neglected,
 words ill-advised,

I repent of my folly and inconsiderate ways,
 my broken resolutions, untrue service,
 my backsliding steps, my vain thoughts.

O bury my sins in the ocean of Jesus' blood
 and let no evil result from my fretful temper, unseemly behavior, provoking pettiness.

If by unkindness I have wounded or hurt another,
 do thou pour in the balm of heavenly consolation;

If I have turned coldly from the need, misery, grief,
 do not in just anger forsake me:

If I have withheld relief from the penury and pain,
 do not withhold thy gracious bounty from me.

If I have shunned those who have offended me,
 keep open the door of thy heart to my need.

Fill me with an over-flowing ocean of compassion,
 the reign of love my motive,
 the law of love my rule.

O thou God of all grace, make me more thankful,
  more humble;

Inspire me with a deep sense of my unworthiness
 arising from the depravity of my nature, my omitted duties, my unimproved advantages, thy commands violated by me.

With all my calls to gratitude and joy
 may I remember that I have reason for sorrow
 and humiliation;

O give me the repentance unto life;
Cement my oneness with my blessed Lord,
 that faith may adhere to him more immovably,
 that love may entwine itself round him
 more tightly,
that his Spirit may pervade every fiber
 of my being.

Then send me out to make him known
  to my fellow-men.

~Valley of Vision (Book of Puritan Prayers)


  1. What comment can one give after hearing this? Hugs, Mrs. Potvin

  2. Amen. This is very convicting! The Puritan's writings are so powerful. Thank you, Naomi!

    Love ya,

  3. And honest! I love the clean cut honest words that they used. They never tried to soften what they were saying! It was always a very clear cry to the Lord for help, correction, cleansing, rejoicing, etc. They give such an example.


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