Thursday, March 22, 2012

Focusing

These are hard days for me. There are a lot of things going through my heart and head lately, but I lack the ability (and time) to articulate them. However, this morning, the hymn that David chose for our family time was one of my all-time favorites and the Lord used it to focus my eyes (and heart) a little more steady-like on Himself. And right across from the hymn on the facing page, was this beautiful prayer.
I just had to post it.

Morning Prayer

O God,
Early in the morning do I cry unto Thee.
Help me to pray,
And to think only of Thee.
I cannot pray alone.

In me there is darkness,
But with Thee there is light.
I am lonely, but Thou leavest me not,
I am feeble in heart, but Thou leavest me not.
I am restless, but with Thee there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with Thee there is patience;
Thy ways are past understanding, but
Thou knowest the way for me.

O heavenly Father,
I praise and thank Thee
For the peace of the night.
I praise and thank Thee for this new day.
I praise and thank thee for all Thy goodness
and faithfulness throughout my life.
Thou hast granted me many blessings:
Now let me accept tribulation
from Thy hand.
Thou wilt not lay on me more
than I can bear.
Thou makest all things work together for good
for Thy children.

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

And now . . . back to my day . . .with hopefully a focused heart and eyes.

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