My God, I love thee;….

God lives in the place of praise.
If we want to be where He is, we need to go to His address.
~ Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Prayers of praise and adoration are found in almost every religious tradition. They are said, chanted, or sung to extol the love, compassion, greatness, and/or power of God.

My God, I love thee; not because
I hope for heaven thereby,
Nor yet because who love thee not
Are lost eternally;

Not with the hope of gaining aught;
Not seeking a reward;
But as thyself hast loved me,
O ever-loving Lord,

E’en so I love thee, and will love,
And in thy praise will sing,
Solely because thou art my God,
And my eternal King.

(Francis Xavier)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Happy and Healthy.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

 

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Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;…. [St. Valentine]

Today is the Christian Feast of St. Valentine.

…let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.
~ Hebrews 13:15

Prayers of praise and adoration are found in almost every religious tradition. They are said, chanted, or sung to extol the love, compassion, greatness, and/or power of God.

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

(Common Doxology)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Each day I am getting better and better.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

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Our Father,…

Pray without ceasing.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17 [ESV]

In honour of my return to posting here I am going to post one key prayer from each of the major world religions for the next couple of weeks. In some cases this is fairly easy (Christianity and Islam), in others not as much (Buddhism, Hinduism and Native American.) The choices of prayers are mine alone and may not be what others would choose. (This is my blog after all. 🙂 )

Since it is Sunday, I will be starting with a Christian prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer

Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive
everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.

~ Luke 11:2-4 [ESV]

Our Father, your name be honored.
Set the world right; as it is above, so below.
Provide us with the bread we need
for the day.
Forgive our debts to the extent
that we have forgiven those
in debt to us.

~ based on Luke 11:2-4 [The Message]

This Week’s Affirmation:

“We are all related.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

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Another year has turned its page,…

The celebration of Kwanzaa continues today.

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
~ Peter F. Drucker

Another year has turned its page, O Lord.

We feel promises about to be fulfilled,
hopes that may be realized,
And sorrows unknown – that may become ours to bear.

All of this, we carry into a New Year.

We declare at the doorway into this year, that our trust is not
In any man or woman to fulfill us,

Nor is our trust in circumstance,
Or a belief that the days ahead will be easy.

We do not expect, in this New Year, for our every prayer
To be answered in a way we would like.
You are in control, and we release our lives to you.

We put our trust in this:
That You who have been with us through this past year,
Immanuel,
Will be with us in this New Year.

It is in You, Immanuel, we trust.
If you go ahead of us, we will go;
if you go behind us, we will go.

If you will lead us in a cloud by day,and if you will
Light the night and its shadows with Your fire,
we will faithfully follow.

This is our prayer: In all things that happen this year we ask
That we would be aware of Your presence, O Lord.

In this walk that will always be by faith and not by sight,
Let us perceive Your nearness.

We will stumble and fall,
and we will also succeed and triumph.
We will laugh, and we will also weep.

But in those moments in which we cannot sense You near,
Let us see with the eyes of faith
the marks of Your presence all around us,
Beneath us, carrying us boldly into Your future.

With You we walk, with confidence and trust,
into this New Year.

In Your Name we pray, living Lord Jesus,

Amen.

(‘With You We Walk’ by Dan Wilt)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I have all the knowledge I need within me.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

 

Almighty God, who hast given us…

The celebration of Kwanzaa continues today.

In seeking wisdom thou art wise;
in imagining that thou hast attained it –
thou art a fool.
~ Lord Chesterfield

Almighty God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin; Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, world without end.
Amen

(from Book of Common Prayer, Church of England)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I have all the knowledge I need within me.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

 

Jesus, the Light of the World,…

The celebration of Kwanzaa continues today.

Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings,
all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.
~ Bing Crosby

Jesus, the Light of the World, as we celebrate your birth may we begin to see the world in the light of the understanding you give us. As you chose the lowly, the outcasts, and the poor to receive the greatest news the world had ever known, so may we worship you in meekness of heart. May we also remember our brothers and sisters less fortunate than ourselves in this season of giving.
Amen.

(from Prayer and Prayers)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am love and I radiate love to the world around me.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

 

Glory to You, O Christ… [Kwanzaa]

The African-American festival of Kwanzaa continues today.

You have to remind kids to stay connected to the meaning of Christmas.
Sometimes it takes a little bit of effort, but it’s so worth it.
~ Caroline Kennedy

Glory to You, O Christ our God, glory to You!

May Christ our True God, whose Nativity we celebrate, through the intercessions of His holy and pure Mother, through the power of the life-giving Cross, through the protection of the Angelic Powers, through the prayers of St. John the Baptist, the supplications of the Holy Apostles, Martyrs, Fathers and Mothers of our Faith, and all the saints, have mercy on us and save us.

Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God have mercy on us and save us.

(Orthodox Christmas prayer 1)

1 The majority of Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7th.

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am love and I radiate love to the world around me.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)