Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 19p

Let me now rejoice, O most gracious God, in the love you have shown to our poor human race, opening up a way to be delivered from our sin and foolishness.

O God the Father, I praise the great and holy love shown in your diligently seeking us out and saving us when we had fully gone astray. You sent your cherished Son to suffer and to die that we might be restored to the fellowship of your children.

O God the Son, I praise the great and holy love shown by humbling yourself for my sake and for the sake of all people, consenting to share our common life, to dwell in the midst of all our sin and shame, to endure all the bitterness of your most blessed Passion, and at the last to die upon the Cross, that we might be released from our bondage and enter with you into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

O God the Holy Spirit, I praise the great and holy love shown daily in my unworthy heart, bringing the peace and joy of sin forgiven, making me a partaker with all the saints in the blessings of my Lord's Incarnation, of His Passion and Crucifixion, and of His Resurrection and Ascension to the Father's right hand on high.

O holy and blessed Trinity, let me now so abide in the mystery of this heavenly love that all hatred and malice may be rooted out from my heart and life. Let me love you as you first loved me; and in loving you let me love also my neighbor; and in loving you and my neighbor let me be saved from all false love of myself. To you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be all glory and praise for ever. Amen.

Paraphrase of A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie ©1949 Charles Scribner's Sons