Friday, November 25, 2016

Not I, but Christ in me



Psalm 19


The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.


Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.


There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.


Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,


Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.


His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.


The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.


The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.


The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.


More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.


Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.


Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.


Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.


Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.






"In the beholding of God we do not fall;
in the beholding of ourselves we may not stand."
                          — Julian of Norwich


Psalm 51

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.


The Altar of Humanity
  The Solar Plexus : The Manipura Chakra : The Stronghold of Manu  



Light Divine!
Christ Sun!
Warm our hearts!
Enlighten our heads!
That good may come
From what we cradle in our hearts,
What we direct from our heads
With true-to-the-mark, consecrated willing!
 
Not my will but Thine, O Lord, be done, by me and through me.




"I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain."  — Galatians 2:19-21



May wisdom shine through me
May love radiate from me
May strength course through me
That in me may arise
A helper of humankind
A consecrated servant
Selfless and true



~ Rudolf Steiner