Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Kiss of Forgiveness

O Spirit of God, help my infirmities - when I am pressed down with a load of sorrow, perplexed and knowing not what to do, made to fell the weight of the cross.

If you see in me any wrong thing encouraged, any evil desire cherished, any delight that is not your delight, any habit that grieves you, any nest of sin in my heart, then grant me the kiss of your forgiveness, and teach my feet to walk the way of your commandments.

Preserve me from the intoxication that comes of prosperity; sober me when I am glad with a joy that comes not from you.  Lead me safely on to the eternal kingdom, not asking whether the road be rough or smooth.  I request only to see the face of him I love, to be content with bread to eat, with clothes to put on, if I can be brought to your house in peace.

We read this in church the other night and I have really enjoyed praying this prayer so I thought I would share it with you.  I really like the line about granting me the kiss of forgiveness; so sweet, so intimate, and so healing.

Blessings,
E.W.

2 comments:

Timeless and Treasured, Photography by Heather said...

I love that.

Michelle said...

What a beautiful and convicting prayer. There's a lot to think upon.

Thank you for sharing this.