Thursday, April 29, 2010

Perfect Resignation

“O Christ my Lord, who for my sake and my brethren’s didst forgo all earthly comfort and fullness, forbid it that I should ever again live unto myself. Amen.”
~John Baillie

“…perfect resignation to God [is] a sure way to heaven, a way in which we always have sufficient light for our conduct. In the beginning of the spiritual life we ought to be faithful in doing our duty and denying ourselves and then, after a time, unspeakable pleasures followed. In difficulties we need only turn to Jesus Christ and beg His grace with which everything became easier.

…many do not advance in Christian progress because …they neglect the love of God which is the end.
…[we need] neither art nor science for going to God, but only a heart resolutely determined to apply itself to nothing but Him and to love Him only.”
~Brother Lawrence

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My Soul's A Shepherd Too

"My soul’s a shepherd too, a flock it feeds
Of thoughts and words and deeds;
The pasture is Thy Word, the streams Thy Grace,
Enriching all the place."
~George Herbert

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Keep a Clear Eye

“Keep a clear eye toward life's end. Do not forget your purpose and destiny as God's creature. What you are in His sight is what you are and nothing more. Do not let worldly cares and anxieties or the pressures of office blot out the divine life within you or the voice of God's Spirit guiding you in your great task of leading humanity to wholeness. If you open yourself to God and His plan printed deeply in your heart, God will open Himself to you.
… Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take nothing you have received...but only what you have given; a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.”
~St. Francis of Assisi “Letters to Rulers of People”

Monday, April 26, 2010

Psalm 103

Bless the LORD, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The LORD executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
The LORD is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father pities his children,
So the LORD pities those who fear Him.
For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.

As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.
But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

The LORD has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all.

Bless the LORD, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
Bless the LORD, all you His hosts,
You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
Bless the LORD, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.

Bless the LORD, O my soul!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

I Hear Thy Welcome Voice

I hear Thy welcome voice
That calls me, Lord, to Thee,
For cleansing in Thy precious blood
That flowed on Calvary.

(Refrain)
I am coming Lord!
Coming now to Thee!
Wash me, cleanse me in the blood
That flowed on Calvary!

Though coming weak and vile,
Thou dost my strength assure;
Thou dost my vileness fully cleanse,
Till spotless all, and pure.

’Tis Jesus calls me on
To perfect faith and love,
To perfect hope and peace and trust,
For earth and Heav’n above.

’Tis Jesus Who confirms
The blessed work within,
By adding grace to welcomed grace,
Where reigned the power of sin.

And He the witness gives
To loyal hearts and free
That every promise is fulfilled,
If faith but brings the plea.

All hail! atoning blood!
All hail! redeeming grace!
All hail! the gift of Christ our Lord,
Our Strength and Righteousness.

~Words & Music by Lewis Hartsough

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Healing Rain

Healing rain is coming down
It's coming nearer to this old town
Rich and poor, weak and strong
It's bringing mercy, it won't be long

Healing rain is coming down
It's coming closer to the lost and found
Tears of joy, and tears of shame
Are washed forever in Jesus' name

Healing rain, it comes with fire
So let it fall and take us higher
Healing rain, I'm not afraid
To be washed in Heaven's rain

Lift your heads, let us return
To the mercy seat where time began
And in your eyes, I see the pain
Come soak this dry heart with healing rain

And only You, the Son of man
Can take a leper and let him stand
So lift your hands, they can be held
By someone greater, the great I Am

Healing rain, it comes with fire
So let it fall and take us higher
Healing rain, I'm not afraid
To be washed in Heaven's rain

To be washed in Heaven's rain...

Healing rain is falling down
Healing rain is falling down
I'm not afraid
I'm not afraid...

~Song by Michael W. Smith

Friday, April 23, 2010

I Stand Amazed in the Presence

I stand amazed in the presence
Of Jesus the Nazarene,
And wonder how He could love me,
A sinner, condemned, unclean.

O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
Is my Savior’s love for me!



When with the ransomed in glory
His face I at last shall see,
’Twill be my joy through the ages
To sing of His love for me.

O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
Is my Savior’s love for me!

~Partial Hymn by Charles Gabriel

Friday, April 16, 2010

Beyond Understanding

"The Son of God became the Son of Man in order that sons of men might become sons of God."
~An Old Church Saying

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Canon of Praise

All within me bless the Lord,
All within me bless His Holy Name.
Bless the Lord,
O my soul, All within me, bless His Holy Name.
O bless the Lord, O bless His Holy Name.
O my soul, All within me, bless His Holy Name.
Lord, O bless His Holy Name.
O hear, you righteous
know that the Lord is good. With truth, with hope,
We remember all His love, He crowns with hope, with hope and truth.
God the Lord is gracious, His mercy is the same forever.
The Lord our God same forever--As a father loves his children,
loves, He loves His own, so the Lord loves His own.
Those who know the Lord, they claim His ever present help.
Those who love the Lord shall claim, shall claim His ever present help.
O bless the Lord, O all within me--O my soul--bless His Holy Name. O bless the Lord, my soul, O bless His Holy Name.
~Johann Pachelbel (Lyrics from Psalm 103)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Open My Eyes, That I May See

Open my eyes, that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.

Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my eyes, illumine me,
Spirit divine!

Open my ears, that I may hear
Voices of truth Thou sendest clear;
And while the wave notes fall on my ear,
Everything false will disappear.

Open my mouth, and let me bear,
Gladly the warm truth everywhere;
Open my heart and let me prepare
Love with Thy children thus to share.

~Words: Clara Scott & Music: Elisha Hoffman

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Divine Mercy

"Our Lord had risen from the dead, and He met many people who had failed Him badly. The apostles and the disciples had run away and left Him. Except for His Mother, the holy women, and John, He had gone to the Cross alone. He came back from the dead, and He was merciful and kind to those who had failed Him...

Prayer:
O Lord Jesus Christ, the Mercy of God, You descended into this world to reveal the Father to us in ways that no one else ever did or ever could. Your message of mercy is an immense consolation to those struggling to practice their faith who have dear ones and friends who have been enticed by the spirit of the world...

We pray for our world, which appears to be in such desperate need of divine forgiveness. This new century has begun with acts of violence and terrorism, but behind all of the dreadful pictures and scenes is a face that is calm, peaceful, and loving, calling to us. You say to us in that image, 'Come to Me.' And we say in response, 'Jesus, I trust in You.' Amen"
~Benedict Groeschel

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Cure for Pain

I'm not sure why it always flows downhill
Why broken cisterns never could stay filled
I've spent ten years singing gravity away
But the water keeps on falling from the sky

And here tonight while the stars are blacking out
With every hope and dream I've ever had in doubt
I've spent ten years trying to sing these doubts away
But the water keeps on falling from my eyes

And heaven knows... heaven knows
I tried to find a cure for the pain
Oh my Lord! to suffer like You do...
It would be a lie to run away

So blood is fire pulsing through our veins
We're either riders or fools behind the reigns
I've spent ten years trying to sing it all away
but the water keeps on falling from my tries

~Song by Jon Foreman

Friday, April 9, 2010

He is with us

Read John 21:1-14

"The Gospel puts in the incredibly human detail that Christ gave them a fish breakfast. Why the fire, the fish, and the bread? To let you and me know again that He was not an apparition but rather the same Jesus of Nazareth they had known, and He was humanly concerned about their needs even in His risen state. How awesome and great is the God of revelation, and yet how capable of little acts and humble deeds--a God who serves breakfast. 'I am among you as One who serves' (Luke 22:27).

This is only the beginning. For the past two thousand years Christ has been with His followers in innumerable ways and circumstances. It may be in the silent mystery of Holy Communion or in a prayer said at the bedside of a dying friend. It may be at an event of lifelong significance--a marriage or an ordination--or merely at breakfast. He is with us. 'It is the Lord.' Let genuine prayer teach you this, and you will not even have to ask, 'Who are You?' You will know."
~Benedict Groeschel

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Trust

“...the trust we put in God honors Him and draws down His great grace. It [is] impossible not only that God should deceive but that He should long let a soul suffer which is perfectly resigned to Him and resolved to endure everything for His sake.”
~Brother Lawrence

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Worship

"It is in the process of being worshipped that God communicates His presence to men."
~C. S. Lewis

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Hope

"Hope means that our heads do not bump up against the low ceiling of this world; hope means that the exhilarating, wonderful, and terrifying winds of Heaven blow in our ears.

...Christian hope is certain: 'in the sure and certain hope of the Resurrection.'"
~Peter Kreeft

Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Strife is O'er, the Battle Done

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The strife is o'er, the battle done;
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun:
Alleluia!

The powers of death have done their worst,
but Christ their legions hath dispersed;
let shouts of holy joy outburst:
Alleluia!

The three sad days are quickly sped;
He rises glorious from the dead;
all glory to our risen Head!
Alleluia!

Lord, by the stripes which wounded Thee,
from death's dread sting Thy servants free,
that we may live, and sing to thee:
Alleluia!

~Words: Anonymous Latin - trans. by Francis Pott & Music: Giovanni da Palestrina

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Come, Risen Lord

Come, risen Lord, and deign to be our guest;
Nay, let us be Thy guests; the feast is Thine;
Thyself at Thine own board make manifest
In Thine own Sacrament of Bread and Wine.

We meet, as in that upper room they met;
Thou at the table, blessing, yet dost stand:
"This is my Body"; so Thou givest yet:
Faith still receives the cup as from Thy hand.

One body, we, one Body who partake,
One Church united in communion blest;
One Name we bear, one Bread of life we break,
With all Thy saints on earth and saints at rest.

One with each other, Lord, for one in Thee,
Who art one Savior and one living Head;
Then open though our eyes, that we may see;
Be known to us in breaking of the Bread.

Words: George W. Briggs & Music: Leo Sowerby Rosedale

Friday, April 2, 2010

Jesus on the Cross

“…As Jesus comes to His hour, He trusts completely in God despite the terrible dark feelings of abandonment.

If you have never felt abandoned by God, do not even try to comprehend these words. If you have felt abandoned, then you can know what Jesus went through. Jesus went into the darkest of pits that the human mind can enter. When we remember that union with God was His whole being, His whole life from all eternity, then the fact that His humanity experienced abandonment by God is painful beyond anything we can imagine.

Jesus on the Cross is concerned with forgiveness. He pays no attention to the mockery; He hardly seems to relate to the terrible physical pain.

…He uses His time and His last energy to give a most important message: Sinners are forgiven. The thief who never walked on the straight way or entered by the narrow gate is forgiven. He who is the Son of God asks pardon for His killers−the scribes, the Pharisees, the high priest, Pilate, and the Romans.

…Whatever may have happened in the lives of these little people who were drawn into the drama of the ages, we know one thing for certain: Jesus forgave them all and asked pardon for them.

We must be as careful and accurate as possible in acknowledging our sins large and small, known acts and unknown omissions, deeds and attitudes, and bring them under the Cross as Jesus hangs on it. We must look at the incredible and mysterious event of the death of a God, the only God who ever died, and realize that it happened for us that we might live forever. We are forgiven−we need only accept and acknowledge the forgiveness and the need to repent, to change as much as we can.

We have two more things to do. As Jesus Christ made clear in His life and works: We also must forgive, and we must love and help others in return for what God has done for us.

Prayer:
Jesus, I kneel beneath Your Cross. You are in glory, but here on earth You suffer and die every day in the poor, the sick, the abandoned, the abused, and the killed. Help me to recognize You and care for You, and give me the grace to forgive. Amen.”
~Benedict Groeschel