"Your body is the first thing any child of man ever wanted. Therefore dispose yourself to be loved, to be wanted, to be available. Be there for them with a vengeance. Be a gracious, bending woman. Incline your ear, your heart, your hands to them.... To be a Mother is to be the sacrament - the effective symbol - of place. Mothers do not make homes, they are our home." from Bed and Board, Robert Farrar Capon

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Prayer for Acceptance of Blessings

O merciful God, what a kind and gracious Father you are,
to deal so sincerely and paternally with us poor and judged sinners.
You did release your most precious possession, 
your Son, Jesus Christ, into the jaws of death and the devil.  
You did require that He should descend into the deep and again ascend on high 
and conquer the captivity which has held us all in slavery.
Through this we are your dear children, his brothers and sisters,
and inheritors of all his eternal, heavenly blessings.
Give us your Holy Spirit so that he may preserve us to the end in faith.
Grant your grace that youth and those unborn,
the weak in faith and those not properly instructed, may get and keep a right
understanding in the doctrine of becoming fellow citizens with the angels.
So highly privileged are we who believe in Christ.

 from  Luther's Prayers, #107


  1. Amen. Thank you Leah. The prisoners are listening.

  2. Grant your grace that youth and those unborn... and those not properly instructed, may get and keep a right understanding...

    Amen. Thank you Lord that our hope and trust is in You and Your grace, not in myself knowing how to instruct!