Friday, December 25, 2009

The Gift of gifts

(photo by mtsofan)

This puritan prayer spoke volumes to me when I read it.  It is so perfect, it is my hearts cry to know and remember that in Him I have so much even heaven has nothing better to offer. 

O Source of All Good,
What shal I render to thee for the Gift of gifts,
thine own dear Son, begotten, not created,
my redeemer, proxy, surety, substitute,
his self-emptying incomprehensible, 
his infinity of love beyond the hearts grasp.
Herein is wonder of wonders: 
he came below to raise me above,
was born like me that I might become like him.
Herein is love:
when I cannot rise to him he draws near to me on wings of grace,
to raise me to himself.
Herein is power:
when Deity and humanity were infinietly apart
he untied them in dissoluble unity, the uncreate and the created.
Herein is wisdom:
when I was undone, with no will to return to him,
and no intellect to devise recover,
he came, God-incarnet, to same me to the uttermost,
as man to die my death,
to shed satisfying blood on my behalf,
to work out a perfect righteousness for me.
O God, take me in spirit to the watchful shephers, and
enlarge my mind;
let me hear good tidings of great joy,
and hearing, believe, rejoice, praise, adore,
my conscience bathed in an ocean of repose,
my eyes uplifted to a reconciled Father;
place me with ox, ass, camel, goat,
to look with them upon my redeemer's face,
and in him account myself delivered from sin;
let me with Simeon clasp the new-born child to my heart,
embrace him with undying faith,
exulting that he is mine and I am his.
In him thou hast given me so much that heaven can give no more.

Merry CHRISTmas!


Carol A said...

Very appropriate reminder for this CHRISTmas morning...and every other day! TFS...Merry CHRISTmas to you, Tim and the littles! Love you!

Aimee (aka carolinagirl) said...

Beautifully put! Thanks for sharing!

Wishing you and your family many blessings this Christmas and in the new year! Love seeing all of the pics of the kids. You have a precious family!!

Mara... said...

Hope you and your family had a beautiful Christmas, Gina! Happy New Year!