Monday, April 25, 2005

In God's Care

"My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up and not tear them down, I will plant them and not up root them. I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God for they will return to me with their whole heart." Jeremiah 24:6-7

A Prayer for Little Man David

I am asking anyone who reads this post to pray for David who was born on April 15. Birth mom wants to place him for adoption with a good family, but the birth dad wants to have full custody. Pray God's will be done for this little boy, and that wherever he goes, God's grace and protection will be upon him. All involved need God's wisdom and grace to accept the outcome. I pray that only God's will be done, whatever that maybe.

Court date is Wednesday April 27, 2005.

Thank you for your prayers.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Tantum Ergo

Tantum Ergo

Down in Adoration Falling

Tantum ergo Sacramentum
Veneremur cernui:
Et antiquum documentum
Novo cedat ritui:
Praestet fides supplementum
Sensuum defectui.

Genitori, Genitoque
Laus et iubilatio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Sit et benedictio:
Procedenti ab utroque
Compar sit laudatio.
Amen.

V. Panem de coelo praestitisti eis.
R. Omne delectamentum in se habentem.

Oremus: Deus, qui nobis sub sacramento mirabili, passionis tuae memoriamreliquisti: tribue, quaesumus, ita nos corporis et sanguinis tui sacramysteria venerari, ut redemptionis tuae fructum in nobis iugiter sentiamus.Qui vivis et regnas in saecula saeculorum.

R. Amen.


Down in adoration falling,
Lo! the sacred Host we hail,
Lo! oe'r ancient forms departing
Newer rites of grace prevail;
Faith for all defects supplying,
Where the feeble senses fail.

To the everlasting Father,
And the Son Who reigns on high
With the Holy Spirit proceeding
Forth from each eternally,
Be salvation, honor blessing,
Might and endless majesty.
Amen.

R. Thou hast given them bread from heaven.
V. Having within it all sweetness.

Let us pray: O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament left us a memorial of Thy Passion: grant, we implore Thee, that we may so venerate the sacred mysteries of Thy Body and Blood, as always to be conscious of the fruit of Thy Redemption. Thou who livest and reignest forever and ever.

R. Amen.


Tantum Ergo is the last two stanzas from the Eucharistic poem, Pange Lingua, composed by St. Thomas Aquinas and is used at Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The response and the prayer at the end is a later addition used at Benediction.

Angus Dei

Alleluia alleluia
For our lord God almighty reigns
Alleluia alleluia
For our lord God almighty reigns
Alleluia

Holy holy
Are you lord God almighty
Worthy is the lamb
Worthy is the lamb
You are holy
Holy
Are you lord God almighty
Worthy is the lamb
Worthy is the lamb
Amen

Michael W. Smith

In my research travels, all I could find were these words from Michael W. Smith. The version I have is done in Latin, it is totally beautiful. The meaning for Angus Dei is, "Lamb of God." During worship this morning, I mediated on these English words they are simple, but heart searching. I really enjoy the sacramental songs done in Latin, this is what I love about the traditional churches, the wonderful instrumental music and deep meanings to hymns. A few more favorites are Pange Lingua, Laudate Dominum, Ave Verum Corpus, and Tantum Ergo. These classical worship songs send my heart and spirit soaring to heavenly places.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Prayer

Time this week seems to have gone by way to fast, with Sasha having baby David, to adopted family taking him home, birth dad still wanting baby, to painting my husbands new office, and now packing to camp out at the hospital once again, I am tried just reviewing my list.

Praise You Lord for hearing our prayers, for being with Sasha every step of the way. Thank you that you are with Tamara surrounding her and guiding the surgeon's hands. Praise You Father for all that you have done for us through the blood of Christ, and thank you for strength to carry on. Amen.

My daughter is having reconstructive knee surgery tomorrow, we have waited almost a year for this operation. Last year she dislocated her knee, (this really is a painful thing to do), every day brings much pain for my young teen. Please pray for my daughter and our family as we go through another few days up at the hospital. My daughter is nervous, but she knows it could bring healing. I am tried, it is late, and 5:00 a.m. will come fast. Thank you for your prayers.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases. Psalm 103:2,3

Monday, April 18, 2005

Gracious

Graciousness was the attribute of God, I was meditating upon today. Here is websters definition of gracious: having or showing kindness, courtesy, charm, etc 2. compassionate 3. polite to supposed inferiors 4. marked by luxury, ease, etc.

"Polite to supposed inferiors," is a curious thought, and one our God is good at. Thank goodness for His compassion and mercies that are new each day.

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 4:15

For the Lord God is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you. 2 Chrionicles 15:2

Father, that you that you are kind, and compassionate to all who seek you. At times I am so ignorant to how gracious and kind you are to me. I do not appreciate all that you have done or given forgive my selfishness and for not realizing your kindness, love, and mercy. In Jesus name. Amen.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Watch O'er My Flock

Like oher shepherds
help me keep
watch o'er my flock by night;
mindful of each need,
each hurt, which might
lead one to stray--
each weakness
and each ill--
while others sleep
teach me to pray.
At night the wolves and leopards,
hungry and clever, prowl
in search of strays
and wounded; when they howl,
Lord, still my anxious heart
to calm delight--
for the Great Shepherd
watches with me
over my flock
by night.

Ruth Bell Graham, 1978
Prodigals [and Those who Love Them]

As I read Mrs. Graham's peom today, it spoke to my mother's heart. At times I feel helpless concerning my teenagers and all that they encounter, but God is constantly drawing me to my knees. He knows all that comes against them daily, I am thankful that He calms my anxious thoughts as I hand each child to Him.


Monday, April 11, 2005

Sweet Hour of Prayer

I really enjoy reading the old hymns, they immediately place my spirit in a position of prayer.

"They all joined together constantly in prayer" -- Acts 1:14

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer, that calls me from a world of care and bids me at my Father's throne make all my wants and wishes known! In seasons of distress and grief, my soul has often found relief, and oft escaped the tempter's snare by thy return, sweet hour of prayer.

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer, they wings shall my petition bear to Him whose truth and faithfulness engage the waiting soul to bless: and since He bids me seek His face, Believe His word and trust his grace, I'll cast on Him my every care and wait for they, sweet hour of prayer.

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer, May I they consolation share, till, from Mount Pisgah's lofty height, I view my home and take my flight: This robe of flesh I'll drop and rise to seize the everlasting prize; and shout, while passing thro' the air, "farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!"

Words: William Walford, 1772-1850

Father,
Thank you, that You desire I come each day to Your throne of grace, letting go all the cares of this world. Waiting upon You in silence. Help me to come close even when my will gets in the way. Thank You Jesus for sending the Holy Spirit to teach me moment by moment how to pray. Oh, how my spirit loves the sweet sweet hour of prayer. Thank You Jesus that I am learning to walk daily with you. Amen.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Walking with Jesus

I decided in 1994 to follow Jesus with all my heart, mind, and body. It was not easy then, and it still is not easy. I have noticed the longer I walk with Christ, if I am not alert and intentional about surrendering daily to Him, it is easy to let the world take over or even let my selfish desires take the place of totally following Jesus. Walking with Yeshua will be home to gleanings I gather, as I walk trying to follow Jesus.