“Grace, Active – a Puritan Prayer”, from “In the Valley of Vision”, classic collection.

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Grace Active

Lord Jesus, Great High Priest,

You have opened a new and living way by which a fallen creature can approach you with acceptance. Help me to contemplate the dignity of your Person, the perfectness of your sacrifice, the effectiveness of your intercession.

O what blessedness accompanies devotion, when under all the trials that weary me, the cares that corrode me, the fears that disturb me, the infirmities that oppress me, I can come to you in my need and feel peace beyond understanding!

The grace that restores is necessary to preserve, lead, guard, supply, help me. And here your saints encourage my hope; they were once poor and are now rich, bound and are now free, tried and now are victorious.

Every new duty calls for more grace than I now possess, but not more than is found in you, the divine Treasury in whom all fullness dwells. To you I repair for grace upon grace, until every void made by sin be replenished and I am filled with all your fullness. May my desires be enlarged and my hopes be emboldened, that I may honor you by my entire dependency and the greatness of my expectation.

Be with me, and prepare me for all the smiles of prosperity, the frowns of adversity, the losses of substance, the death of friends, the days of darkness, the changes of life, and the last great change of all.

May I find your grace sufficient for all my needs.

“Grace Active, in The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, ed. Arthur Bennett (Edingburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust), 214-215.

“We Wake, O’ Lord, We Wake”, a worship poem from L.Willows

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We Wake O’ Lord, We Wake

When darkness breaks and Light overtakes,
we wake O’ Lord, we wake.
All stilled to pause, we lean towards
a sunrise bright, t’ is Heaven’s quake.

Oh, hearts be filled in this Dawn’s rise
for comes our King, He hears our cry.
Prayers soul tilled, lives turned, sojourned;
kept, all bound by the promise learned.
We wake O’ Lord, to Love’s forsake.

© 2018 Linda Willows

Isaiah 9:2
The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them.

2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

Ephesians 5:8
for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light.

“Swept into The Mercies” a praise poem from LWillows

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Swept into The Mercies

Heart stretched like a sky bowl in horizon near bright,
Taken from east to west farther than sight.
Fullness increased by grace, Lord, with such might
Oh I here I do melt with praise and delight.

Leaning to fore with the increase of such view
All of the vastness arcs over and through.
Wonders and mysteries sparkle like eyes,
Gazing from heaven upon all of our lives.

Heart stretched like sky bowl in the horizon of You.
Swept into the mercies of Love’s deep imbue.
Carried into the drift of your All.
I answer I praise, I sing and I call.

© 2018 Linda Willows

Psalm 8:1
O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
above the heavens.

Psalm 86.5
5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.

Hebrews 4:16
16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Psalm 68:35
O God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people Blessed be God!