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A Prayer of Thanks from the “Valley of Vision”

Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions Drawn from the writings of men like John Bunyan, Isaac Watts, and Charles Spurgeon, The Valley of Vision is a wonderful place to enrich your prayer life (and that of older children!) any time of year.  How much more so at Thanksgiving, when we celebrate the faith of our earliest American founders and turn our thoughts to God’s blessings in our lives.  Toward that end, Janie and I invite you to join us in this prayer of Evening Praise.  And we wish each and every one of you a joyful holiday!

 

EVENING PRAISE

Giver of all, another day is ended and I take my place beneath my great redeemer’s cross, where healing streams continually descend, where balm is poured into every wound, where I wash anew in the all-cleansing blood, assured that Thou seest in me no spots of sin.

Yet a little while and I shall go to Thy home and be no more seen; help me to gird up the loins of my mind, to quicken my step, to speed as if each moment were my last, that my life be joy, my death glory.

I thank Thee for the temporal blessings of this worldthe refreshing air, the light of the sun, the food that renews strength, the raiment that clothes, the dwelling that shelters, the sleep that gives rest, the starry canopy of night, the summer breeze, the flowers’ sweetness, the music of flowing streams, the happy endearments of family, kindred, friends. Things animate, things inanimate, minister to my comfort. My cup runs over.

Suffer me not to be insensible to these daily mercies. Thy hand bestows blessings: Thy power averts evil. I bring my tribute of thanks for spiritual graces, the full warmth of faith, the cheering presence of Thy Spirit, the strength of Thy restraining will, Thy spiking of hell’s artillery.

Blessed be my sovereign Lord!

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