break the ice

Since I am behind on a lot of writing, I ask myself:  So how are you going to break the ice?  With what issue will I start my celebration?  There are challenges I want to jump into, experiences I want to tell about, dumb things just for fun, delightful moments, even some moans and groans.  But I’ve decided to break the ice with the following Praise and Prayer, as a remembrance and thanksgiving to the one who gives me life, light, love, and liberty.   So I open with the Doxology – a praise to the One who is the Beginning and the End!


PRAISE: God from whom all blessings flow:
PRAY: Our Father, who art in Heaven, Blessed be your Wonderful Name, Your Acts, Your Love. Thank you for your daily provisions to us for our earthly and spiritual good.

PRAISE: Him all creatures here below.
PRAY: May all your creation praise you in the measure of ability and talents you have given for that purpose. Help us to do the unpleasant things that you require such as forgiving those who hurt us, loving and praying for our enemies, and being generous with our time and money.

PRAISE: Him above ye Heavenly Hosts;
PRAY: You are worthy all honor and power and glory. Thank you that unseen holy beings have perfected praise to you. Make our praise to be sincere, holy, pure and without pretense just as the praise which is given you by the Heavenly Hosts.

PRAISE: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!
PRAY:   Thank you, – Father, Son and Holy Ghost—for the absolute marvel that you are…that You, the Triune God, the Great I Am, care to become all things for all men. Father, the Creating Provider; Son, the saving and sanctifying Savior; Holy Ghost, the inviting, comforting, Guardian and Guide.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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17 Responses to ICE BREAKER

  1. shoreacres says:

    We used to sing the Doxology often: at camp, at Sunday School, and sometimes at worship. I still remember the tune, of course. Simple, but easy to remember because of that very simplicity.

  2. Faye says:

    A-men. The sung doxology full of memories. Thank you. Whatever you write brings blessing. So glad you are writing again.

  3. Salvageable says:

    Nicely done! I remember church conventions when the delegates and guests would spontaneously break into the doxology in four-part harmony. I am concerned that the younger generations are not being brought up to know this hymn of praise and use it when it is appropriate. J.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Yes, it seems to me that a lot of the “praise/worship” choruses are good for the moment, but they don’t often lodge in the heart like some of us have experienced. Maybe it is simply that they do not endure like the old hymns and classics do/did. Thanks for the comment.

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  5. Dawn Marie says:

    Perfect. Simply, perfect!

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