Sunday, July 13, 2014

Crutches Raised!

Crutches raised!

June 26, 2014 at 9:28am

strengthen the hands that are weak 
and the knees that are feeble, 
and make straight paths for your feet, 
so that the limb which is lame 
may not be put out of joint, 
but rather be healed.
~ Hebrews 12:13

Crutches raised,
I give myself to Thee.

Give us Thy hand, dear Jesus.
Grant us wisdom for courageous self-recovery, in Your strength.
We know that proper exercise of our lame joints is like physical therapy.
But, we don't want to cause our feeble knees to go out of joint again.
Give us the boundaries of our habitation.
We want to do what tends to the healing of our broken bones.
Light the path of our every footfall.
Keep us in the straight and right way, Good Shepherd.
We give You praise.
We are glad to know that You can use us just the way we are,
full of sorrows
and tempted to despair,
in ourselves,
and because of the way of the wicked in this fallen world.
We lift our crutches to You and sing Your praises.
Holy, holy, holy!
Worthy, worthy, worthy is the Lamb!

God is making wings for men's riches. 
He is shaking their homes. 
He is taking away all the visible defences of their lives. 
He is proclaiming the uncertainty and instability of man's life. 
So the only thing that will give us rest and peace 
is to entrust everything to His sovereign will and pleasure. 
This is the way to mortify self 
and love for the world 
and the things that are in the world. 
Without this mortification, 
we can never trust ourselves 
and [entrust] all that we love and have 
to God's sovereign will. 
~ John Owen

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