Taken from my journal (mid-November) this prayer expresses my sentiments well as one year concludes and the next begins.
Giver of all good and perfect gifts, (James 1.17)
I humbly ask
that you would bless me indeed
and enlarge my border, and
that Your hand might be with me, and
that You would keep me from harm
that it may not pain me. (I Chronicles 4.10)
You are my vine.
I am your branch.
I am in You.
There is nothing wanting but my ongoing consent
to be what You have made me,
to remain where You have placed me.
I am in Christ.
He is and will be to me all that a vine can be to its branch
—holding me fast
—making Himself every moment responsible for my growth and my fruit.
(Derived from Andrew Murray’s Abide in Christ on John 15)
So the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith (by trusting)
in the Son of God
Who loves me (did – and does)
and gave Himself up for me. (Galatians 2.20)
Your joy is in me as I keep Your commandments (obey)
and abide in Your love.
My joy is full. (John 15.10-11)
[ if you’re curious about today’s title, imagine looking through the page -sort of- knowing what it will say when you turn the leaf ]