Daily Archives: May 4, 2021

Evening Prayer: May 4th

Creator God, as the sun sets and the curtain of night falls, I lay before you my thoughts and acts of this day. I pray that these things have been pleasing in your sight. In the quiet of this evening hour, accept my flawed efforts of this day and strengthen me as I continue my faith journey tomorrow. Enfold me in the shelter of your love this night. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.


From “Creation in Christ” by George MacDonald

Now what is the deepest in God? His power? No, for power could not make him what we mean when we say God. Evil could, of course, never create one atom; but let us understand very plainly, that a being whose essence was only power would be such a negation of the divine that no righteous worship could be offered him: his service must be fear, and fear only. Such a being, even were he righteous in judgment, yet could not be God.

The God himself whom we love could not be righteous were he not something deeper and better still than we generally mean by the word – but, alas, how little can language say without seeming to say something wrong! In one word, God is Love. Love is the deepest depth, the essence of his nature, at the root of all his being. It is not merely that he could not be God, if he had made no creatures to whom to be God; but love is the heart and hand of his creation; it is his right to create, and his power to create well. The love that foresees creation is itself the power to create.

Creation in Christ by George MacDonald

Hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling by Charles Wesley

1 Love divine, all loves excelling, 
joy of heav’n, to earth come down,
fix in us thy humble dwelling, 
all thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, thou art all compassion, 
pure, unbounded love thou art.
Visit us with thy salvation;
enter ev’ry trembling heart.

2 Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit
into ev’ry troubled breast.
Let us all in thee inherit, 
let us find the promised rest.
Take away the love of sinning; 
Alpha and Omega be.
End of faith, as its beginning, 
set our hearts at liberty.

3 Come, Almighty, to deliver, 
let us all thy life receive.
Suddenly return, and never, 
nevermore they temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing, 
serve thee as thy hosts above,
pray, and praise thee without ceasing, 
glory in thy perfect love.

4 Finish, then, thy new creation; 
true and spotless let us be.
Let us see thy great salvation 
perfectly restored in thee.
Changed from glory into glory, 
till in heav’n we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before thee, 
lost in wonder, love and praise.