Saturday, December 08, 2007

Comfort

There is no joy like the joy of heaven,

for in that state are no sad divisions, unchristian quarrels,
contentions, evil designs, weariness, hunger, cold,
sadness, sin, suffering, persecutions, toils of duty.

O healthful place where none are sick!
O happy land where all are kings!
O holy assembly where all are priests!
How free a state where none are servants except to thee!
Bring me speedily to the land of joy.

- from The Valley of Vision, p. 162.


She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.

She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:

"Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all."

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

- Proverbs 31:25-31

1 comment:

Paul Sr. said...

I have really enjoyed the Valley of Vision book. I use the prayers frequently in our Worship services. The Puritans had an accute sense of man's sin & God's righteousness.