Puritan Prayer

July 1, 2010

While reading from The Valley of Vision today, I found this prayer particularly fitting:

“O God…
May I with Moses choose affliction rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin…
Thou hast done for me all things well,
    hast remembered, distinguished, indulged me.
All my desires have not been gratified,
    but thy love denied them to me
    when fulfillment of my wishes would have proved my ruin or injury.
My trials have been fewer than my sins,
    and when I have kissed the rod it has fallen from thy hands.
Thou hast often wiped away my tears,
    restored peace to my mourning heart,
    chastened me for my profit.
All thy work for me is perfect,
    and I praise thee.”

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