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.