- Shawna Duvall
The Love of Jesus (taken from The Valley of Vision)
This is an excerpt from pg. 25 of The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions edited by Arthur Bennett.
May these words of another refresh your heart and mind in the glorious love of Christ Jesus.
O FATHER OF JESUS,
Help me to approach thee with deepest reverence, not with presumption, not with servile fear, but with holy boldness.
Thou are beyond the grasp of my understanding, but not beyond that of my love,
Thou knowest that I love thee supremely, for thou are supremely adorable, good, perfect.
My heart melts at the love of Jesus, my brother, bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh, married to me, dead for me, risen for me;
He is mine and I am his, given to me as well as for me;
I am never so much mine as when I am his, or so much lost to myself until lost in him; then I find my truest manhood.
But my love is frost and cold, ice and snow; Let his love warm me, lighten my burden, be my heaven;
May it be more revealed to me in all its influences that my love to him may be more fervent and glowing;
Let the mighty tide of his everlasting love cover the rocks of my sin and care;
Then let my spirit float above these things which had else wrecked my life.
Make me fruitful by living to that love, my character becoming more beautiful every day.
If traces of Christ's love-artistry be upon me, may he work on with his divine brush until the complete image be obtained and I be made a perfect copy of him, my master.
O Lord Jesus, come to me,
O Divine Spirit, rest upon me,
O Holy Father, look on me in mercy for the sake of the well-beloved.