Monday, November 30, 2015

Quotes and a Prayer

"Anne Frank could be a 77-year-old woman living in Boston today, a writer." 
                                                                                                  ~Richard Breitman, 2007
But her family was a denied a visa, so she went into hiding, 
wrote a diary that would become famous and died in a concentration camp at age 15.  

 “Taking Mum's hand, I whispered "Are we really safe, here?”
Alwyn Evans, Walk in My Shoes

  “It was a dry cold night, and the wind blew keenly, 
and the frost was white and hard. A man would die tonight
 of lying out on the marshes, I thought. And then I looked 
at the stars, and considered how awful it would be
 for a man to turn his face up to them as he froze to death,
 and see no help or pity in all the glittering multitude.”
Charles Dickens

 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing 
some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
 ~Hebrews 13:2           

You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you,
 and you shall love him as yourself,
~Leviticus 19:34a         

A Prayer for Refugees
Almighty and merciful God,
whose Son became a refugee
and had no place to call his own;

look with mercy on those who today
are fleeing from danger,
homeless and hungry.

Bless those who work to bring them relief;
inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts;
and guide the nations of the world towards that day
when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


From: "An Invitation to Prayer"

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Song for Sunday: There is Room in My Heart for Thee

  1. Happy New Year!!

The first Sunday in Advent, the traditional time of preparation and reflection prior to Christmas, is the first day of the Christian liturgical year. As a Baptist I don't actually spend much time worrying about the liturgical year, but church does take notice of Advent and Lent as well as the major holidays. 

So, today's song for Sunday is an advent song which we sang at worship today. It is a plea: "Come into my heart Lord Jesus!" We all need Jesus in our hearts. It's a way of saying that we have put Him in charge of our lives. 

This prayer resonates -- I still need to work on giving Jesus complete control. So I share it with you.

There is Room in My Heart for Thee

  1. Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown,
    When Thou camest to earth for me;
    But in Bethlehem’s home was there found no room
    For Thy holy nativity.
    • O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
      There is room in my heart for Thee.
  2. Heaven’s arches rang when the angels sang,
    Proclaiming Thy royal degree;
    But of lowly birth didst Thou come to earth,
    And in great humility.
  3.      O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
        There is room in my heart for Thee.
  4. The foxes found rest, and the birds their nest
    In the shade of the forest tree;
    But Thy couch was the sod, O Thou Son of God,
    In the deserts of Galilee.
  5.     O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
        There is room in my heart for Thee.
  6. Thou camest, O Lord, with the living Word,
    That should set Thy people free;
    But with mocking scorn and with crown of thorn,
    They bore Thee to Calvary.
  7.     O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
        There is room in my heart for Thee.
  8. When the heav’ns shall ring, and her choirs shall sing,
    At Thy coming to victory,
    Let Thy voice call me home, saying “Yet there is room,
    There is room at My side for thee.”
    • My heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus,
      When Thou comest and callest for me.
  9.                                   ~Emily Elliot
  10.                                    Public Domain

What is your favorite advent prayer-song?