Voyage

During a time of uncertainty, this is the prayer of my heart:

O Lord of the oceans,

My little bark sails on a restless sea,

Grant that Jesus may sit at the helm and steer me safely;

Suffer no adverse currents to divert my heavenward course;

Let not my faith be wrecked amid storms and shoals;

Bring me to harbour with flying pennants,

hull unbreached,

cargo unspoiled.

I ask great thing, expect great things, shall receive great things.

I venture on thee wholly, fully, my wind, my sunshine, anchor, defence.

The voyage is long, the waves high, the storms pitiless,

But my helm is held steady,

thy Word secures safe passage,

thy grace wafts me onward,

my haven is guaranteed.

This day will bring me nearer home,

Grant me holy consistency in every transaction,

My peace flowing as a running tide,

my righteousness as ever chasing wave.

Help me to live circumspectly, with skill to convert every care into prayer,

Halo my path with gentleness and love,

smooth every asperity of temper;

Let me not forget how easy it is to occasion grief;

May I strive to bind up every wound, and pour oil an all troubled waters.

May May the world this day be happier and better because I live.

Let my mast before me be the saviour’s cross,

and every oncoming wave the fountain in his side.

Help me, protect me in the moving sea until I reach the shore of unceasing praise.

~A puritan prayer from Valley of Vision

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ricky
    Mar 09, 2007 @ 01:25:21

    “let my mast before me be the Saviour’s cross” – that is fantastic! I am finding through my own experiences that going through times of uncertainty only magnifies the times when God makes the path clear. But, it is the cross that provides the foundation and the strength to continue. Without the cross, we are ignorantly lost and powerless. Yet, we can boast in our infirmities, because Christ is made strong. We can boast in the in the cross.

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  2. Daisy
    Mar 10, 2007 @ 01:57:20

    Hey, for some reason, out of everything in the blog, I knew you’d pick up on that. Good eye! And that was a very meaningful phrase in the prayer to me as well. How reassuring!

    Reply

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