Let us put by some hour of every day for holy things...

Think on th' eternal home,
The Saviour left for you;
Think on the Lord most holy, come
To dwell with hearts untrue:
So shall ye tread untired His pastoral ways,
And in the darkness sing your carol of high praise.

--from Keble's The Christian Year, Thoughts in Verse

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Our Savior Has Risen!

I wanted to share this beautiful card drawn for our family by a wonderful believing friend who is in prison.
He has written inside, "The women were amazed to discover in the empty tomb an angel who announced that Jesus had risen from the dead."  Your prayers for Jeff and his family would be greatly appreciated!

A few years ago, I was privileged to find a remarkable old prayer book, God's Minute, compiled  in 1923. It features brief prayers for every day of the year, each one written by a different contributor. Since then I've collected about five vintage prayer books that I often use to "jump start" my private devotional times. I wanted to share this beautiful prayer for Easter written by Rev. Robert W. Thompson of Pittsburg, Kansas:

We thank Thee, O God, for the day in which life and immortality were brought to light through the resurrection of our blessed Lord from the dead.  We remember that crimson footprints marked His way into the dark tomb, and that with wounded hand the door of death was unlocked. We thank Thee, O God the Father, and Jesus the Saviour, for the love of the Cross and the power of the divine Spirit, whereby the grave was robbed of its victim and a living Saviour appears to cheer and bless.  May we live our lives on the earth as those who are united to Him, raised up with Him, seated with Him in the heavens, and as those who look for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of the great God and Saviour Jesus Christ.  May the light of His glory shine far this day, revealing and healing the sins of many hearts.  We ask in His name.  Amen. 


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