Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Thanksgiving for Safe Delivery

"Eternal praises and thanks be rendered to thee, O Lord of my health and strength, in whose hands are the ways of life, and issues of death. I looked for extreme danger, and behold safety; I looked for outcries of sorrow, but behold showers of joy; I looked for sudden death, and behold present life to me and my sweet Babe. O that my heart were a skillful indicter, and my tongue as the pen of a ready scribe, to write down thy praises, and record the wondrous things thou hast done for my soul. Thou hast delivered my life from death; mine eyes from tears. Thous hast dealt graciously with me above my desert, enabled me above my strength, delivered me above my hope; and therefore I will rejoice in thee above measure, and magnify thee without end. Thou hast shut the mouth of the pit which would have swallowed me, therefore will I open my mouth in thy praises. Thou hast made good thy promises unto me, therefore I will make good my vows unto thee. Thou hast given me the fruit of my womb, therefore will I return unto thee the fruit of my lips. Now I have felt thy strength in my greatest weakness, I have tasted thy goodness in my bitter pangs, I will therefore call upon thee in my troubles, and will praise thee in my deliverance, and depend upon thee as well in want as in plenty, in sickness as in health, in death as in life. Thou mightest most justly have deprived me of the benefit, and my infant of the hope of life. Thou mightest deservedly have cut off the root and the branch in the same moment, for both were at thy mercy, and liable to a curse; but thy mercy is over all thy works. Thou art good to them that are evil; gracious to them that are ungracious, merciful to them that are most sinful. Thou desirest not the death of a sinner, but of sin. Thou wouldest that all should live, and here sow the seeds, and in heaven reap the fruit of immortality. For to this end thou breathedst into us the life of nature, to make us capable of the life of grace, that thereby we may attain the life of glory. Therefore dost thou bring us into the light of this world, and settest us in the way, that walking the paths of thy commandments, we might in the end arrive at our country in heaven. This life of nature thou hast now give to my child, and continued it to me; add now I beseech thee, grace to nature, and glory to grace hereafter, that as we now live in thee by nature, so we may live to thee by grace, and hereafter forever live with thee in glory. Thou hast ordained strength out of the mouths of babes and sucklings, and justly mayest expect praise from them. Gracious Lord, first give my infant strength, and then receive praises from it. The hidden treasure which for many months thou laidst up in me, is now safely taken out of me, and delivered to me; therefore I now offer it to thee in thy holy Temple. Accept that from me which thou hast given to me. Receive that into thine hands which thou hast put into mine arms, wash it in the font of baptism, regenerate it by thy Holy Spirit; feed it with the sincere milk of thy Word, till it hath knowledge to choose the good, and refuse the evil. As it groweth in years, and stature and strength; so grant that it may grow in thy grace and favour, and increase in wisdom, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. So be it. "
Amen. 

Now unto the King immortal, everlasting, invisible, unto God only wise, be honour and glory forever and ever, Amen. 
1 Tim. 1.17





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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:6,8-1