Christmas, Love, Mystics

How Miraculous A King Would Bow – Hildegard of Bingen

How miraculous – that a king stoop to enter the world of the ordinary, of the commoner, of His subject, of woman. But God did this. Why? Because humility, ever the lowliest of the low, always rises and triumphs- over everything else. And didn’t that woman know the greatest happiness? Cleaning up the ugly first mess, in its place she set a beautiful bouquet:…



For Love

Lord, you have taught us that all our doings without love are worth nothing. Send your Holy Spirit And pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, The true bond of peace and highest sign of your presence, without which whoever lives is counted dead before you. Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake, who is…


Love, Preaching & Reflecting

Light Us Up – Thomas a Kempis

O Jesus, Light us up Bright inside! Drive darkness, From the depths of our hearts! Teach us: To know what is worth knowing, To love what is worth loving, To praise what is worth praising, To hate what should be reviled, To Prize what is precious, And above all, To seek and do your holy will. Amen. – Thomas a…


Ancient, Love, Need Or Trial

Shepherd Prayer – Gregory Of Nyssa

O Good Shepherd, Who carries the whole flock on your shoulders, Where are you pasturing your flock? Show me the place of peace, lead me to the good grass that will nourish me, call me by name so that I hear your voice, Answer me, For you are the One my soul loves. I call you ‘the One my soul…


Biblical, Love, Relationships

May Your Love Abound

Philippians 1:3–11 I thank my God every time I remember you. And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes…


Love, Praise

Who Is Like You Jesus? – Johann Freylinghausen

Who is like you, Jesus, beautiful Jesus? You are the light of those who are lost. You are the life of those who are dead. You are freedom for those imprisoned by guilt. You are the glory of those who hate themselves. You are the guardian of those paralysed by fear. You are the guide of those bewildered by falsehood. You…


Love, Mystics

Your Love Authored Life – Hildegard of Bingen

Endless Strength! Your love authored life when You spoke that one Word You’re the One who created order Creation, Your way.   And Your Word dressed Himself in flesh, embracing the sin-stained form we inherited from Adam, to remove the sadness from our clothes. The Saviour’s love frees the world, for what has ever been kinder than His incarnation? His sinlessness breathed life into…


Ancient, Love

Just You – St Benedict

Gracious and holy Father, please give me: intellect to understand you; reason to discern you; diligence to seek you; wisdom to find you; a spirit to know you; a heart to meditate upon you; ears to hear you; eyes to see you; a tongue to proclaim you; a way of life pleasing to you; patience to wait for you; and…


Faith, Love, Scholars

Empty Vessel – Martin Luther

Look, Lord, on an empty vessel that needs to be filled. In faith I am weak – strengthen me. In love I am cold – warm me and make me passionate so that my love may go out to my neighbour. I doubt and am unable to trust you completely. Lord, strengthen my faith and trust in you. You are all…


Love, Praise

Fountain of Love – Edward Pusey

Good Jesus, Fountain of Love, Fill us with your love. Absorb us into your love; Surround us with your love, That we may see all things in the light of your love, Receive all things as the token of your love, Speak of all things in words breathing of your love, Win through your love others for your love, Be kindled…


Love, Scholars, Work

Prayer For Responsibility – Reinhold Niebuhr

Lord God, you have bound us together in this bundle of life: give us grace to understand how our lives depend upon the courage, the industry, the honesty and the integrity of others; that we may be mindful of their needs, grateful for their faithfulness, and faithful in our responsibilities to them.   – By Pastor Reinhold Niebuhr 1892-1971AD

Ancient, Longing, Love, Mystics

Late Have I Loved You – St Augustine

Late, have I loved you, Beauty so ancient so new! Late have I loved you!   You were within me, but I was outside you and there I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they…