Morning Prayer: Psalm 119:105-112; Isaiah 30:20-21; Hebrews 4:12-13 ~ one step at a time

Morning Prayer: 

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening sentence

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

You will find the Lord your God, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Morning readings

Psalm 119:105-112 NLT:

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. I’ve promised it once, and I’ll promise it again: I will obey your righteous regulations.

I have suffered much, O Lord; restore my life again as you promised. Lord, accept my offering of praise, and teach me your regulations. My life constantly hangs in the balance, but I will not stop obeying your instructions. The wicked have set their traps for me, but I will not turn from your commandments.

Your laws are my treasure; they are my heart’s delight. I am determined to keep your decrees to the very end.

St Patrick, Hill of Slane

St Patrick, Hill of Slane

Isaiah 30:20-21 NLT:

Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you.

You will see your teacher with your own eyes. Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.

Hebrews 4:12-13 NLT:

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

Reflection/Prayer:

Your word is a lamp to my feet; where I am standing now, and the step just before me that I need not hesitate over. Your word is a light to my path, shining a little way ahead, giving me glimpses of direction to reassure me and give me purpose. You shine faithfully upon my life, but You cannot and will not take the steps for me – it is I who must walk in Your way and become the expression of Your will.

O Lord, give me wisdom. I dare not take a step without You. When I cannot see all of the way forward, help me to trust that You will whisper in my heart or in my ear calling me back when I might step to right or left of what You intend for me. When there are snares for my feet, help me to find the way through, and continue with a rejoicing heart to the end.

When we do not know what to do, let us ask of Thee, that we might find out. We dare to ask for light upon only one step at a time. We would rather walk with Thee than jump by ourselves. (Peter Marshall)

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart. (Attributed to Patrick)

Canticle

Christ, as a light… illumine and guide me. Christ, as a shield… overshadow me. Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me on my left and my right.

This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of each who speaks unto me. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.

Christ as a light; Christ as a shield; Christ beside me on my left and my right.

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
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Peanut Gallery: The Morning Prayer readings are from the Daily Office of the Northumbrian Community as available online here… and in the book form, Celtic Daily Prayer available on Amazon.com.

The website and prayer book are rich in prayer resources and I commend them to you. For our purpose here, I will limit my selections to the Morning Prayer resources.



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