So, I finally finished Valley of Vision a few nights back. My dad and my uncle, when we used go by my uncle’s house on our way to Grandma’s, would always joke about “Where’s my Christmas Eve gift?” Therefore, I thought as my “Christmas Eve gift” to you all, I’d post my favorite prayer from the book. I don’t think I’ve done it before (please forgive me if I have). It’s written in poetry form, but for the sake of convenience I’m just writing it out. I would try to be all creative with how it looks, but I do still have to pack to leave tomorrow. (We’ll be gone about a week, but I may still sneak over the library every now and then to check e-mail and stuff.) Anyway, here’s the prayer:
O Holy Spirit, as the sun is full of light, the ocean full of water, heaven full of glory, so may my heart be full of thee. Vain are all divine purposes of love and the redemption wrought by Jesus except thou work within, regenerating by thy power, giving me eyes to see Jesus, showing me the realities of the unseen world. Give me thyself without measure, as an unimpaired fountain, as inexhaustible riches. I bewail my coldness, poverty, emptiness, imperfect vision, languid service, prayerless prayers, praiseless praises. Suffer me not to grieve or resist thee. Come as power, to expel every rebel lust, to reign supreme and keep me thine; Come as teacher, leading me into all truth, filling me with all understanding; Come as love, that I may adore the Father, and love him as my all; Come as joy, to dwell in me, move in me, animate me; Come as light, illuminating the Scripture, moulding me in its laws; Come as sanctifier, body, soul and spirit wholly thine; Come as helper, with strength to bless and keep, directing my every step; Come as beautifier, bringing order out of confusion, loveliness out of chaos. Magnify to me thy glory by being magnified in me, and make me redolent of thy fragrance.
Merry Christmas, everyone.