Continual Repentance — Valley of Vision

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One of my favorite devotional tools is the book The Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions.  There is rarely a day that goes by that I don’t read in this extraordinary collection.  One of my favorite, and most convicting prayers, is this one:

Continual Repentance

O God of Grace,

You have imputed my sin to my substitute, Jesus
and You have imputed His righteousness to my soul,
clothing me with a bridegroom’s robe,
decking me with jewels of holiness.
But in my Christian walk I am still in rags;
my best prayers are stained with sin;
my penitential tears are so much impurity;
my confessions of wrong are so many aggravations of sin;
my receiving the Spirit is colored with selfishness.
I need to repent of my repentance;
I need my tears to be washed;
I have no robe to bring to cover my sins,
no loom to weave my own righteousness;
I am always standing clothed in filthy garments,
and by grace am always receiving change of raiment.
for You do always justify the ungodly;
I am always going into a far country,
and always returning home as a prodigal,
always saying, Father, forgive me,
and you are always bringing forth the best robe.
Every morning let me wear it,
every evening return in it,
go out to the day’s work in it,
be married in it,
be wound in death in it,
stand before the great white throne in it,
enter heaven in it shining as the sun.
Grant me never to lose sight of
the exceeding sinfulness of sin,
the exceeding righteousness of salvation,
the exceeding glory of Christ,
the exceeding beauty of holiness,
the exceeding wonder of grace.

A Favorite Prayer

AugustineI love reading prayers written by great saints of years gone by.  This is one of my favorites by St. Augustine.  May we learn to pray it and trust it to be so in our lives:

Great are You, O God, and greatly to be praised;

great is Your power, and Your wisdom infinite.

We who are but a particle of Your creation, praise You.

You awaken us to delight in Your praise;

for You made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.

What are You then, my God?

Most high, most good, most omnipotent;

most merciful, yet most just;

most hidden, yet most present;

most beautiful, yet most strong;

stable, yet incomprehensible;

unchangeable, yet all-changing;

ever old, ever new;

supporting, filling, and overspreading;

creating, flourishing, and maturing;

seeking, yet having all things.

You, O God, are my life, my joy, my health.

We Must Never Forget !!!

world-trade-center-9-11-4September 11, 2001 was one of the darkest days in the history of our nation. The horrible attack, on our soil, by Islamic Terrorists, took the lives of world-trade-center-9-11-13,000 people on that day. Some in the media believe that the images of that day should not be shown on TV or in the media. They claim that it will incite strong feelings against the terrorists. Well, I think we need to be reminded over and over . . . we must never forget that fateful day.

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