Friday, August 14, 2015

Soul-Rest

CALL TO PRAYER
Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
—Matthew 11:28
PSALM
Lord, hear my prayer and heed my cry;
I bring to you my plea,
and in the day of my distress,
hide not your face from me.
—Psalm 102:1-2a
Suggested tune (Burford):
TEXT OF THE DAY
Though the Lord may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your eyes shall see your Teacher.
—Isaiah 30:20
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Rest is a sweet thing, as all weary laborers know. But of all rest, soul-rest is the sweetest. The rest here meant is the rest held forth in the promise of the gospel. And if ye ask where it is found, it is not in heaven only, for the believer enters into it now, for it is in Christ, whether on earth or in heaven.
—Thomas Boston
MORNING PRAYER
O God, whose smile is in the sky,
whose path is in the sea,
once more from earth’s tumultuous strife
I gladly turn to Thee.

I come as one with toil far spent
who craves thy rest and peace,
and from the care and fret of life
would find in thee release.

O Father, soothe all troubled thought,
dispel all idle fear,
purge thou my heart of secret sin,
and banish ev’ry care.

Until, as shine upon the sea
the silent stars above,
there shines upon my trusting soul
the light of thine own love. Amen.
—John H. Holmes

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