The Valley of Vision: “Evening Praise”

The following is a Puritan prayer found in The Valley of Vision, entitled (if prayers can have a title), Evening Praise:

Giver of all,

Another day is ended
and I take my place beneath my great Redeemer’s cross,
where healing streams continually descend,
where balm is poured into every wound,
where I wash anew in the all-cleansing blood,
assured that Thou seest in me no spots of sin.

Yet a little while and I shall go to Thy home
and be no more seen;

Help me to gird up the loins of my mind,
to quicken my step,
to speed as if each moment were my last,
that my life be joy, my death glory.

I thank Thee for the temporal blessings of this world—
the freshing air,
the light of the sun,
the food that renews strength,
the raiment that clothes,
the dwelling that shelters,
the sleep that gives rest,
the starry canopy of night,
the summer breeze,
the flowers’ sweetness,
the music of flowing streams,
the happy endearments of family, kindred, friends.

Things animate, things inanimate, minister to my comfort.
My cup runs over.

Suffer me not to be insensible to these daily mercies.
Thy hand bestows blessings: Thy power averts evil.
I bring my tribute of thanks for spiritual graces,
the full warmth of faith,
the cheering presence of Thy Spirit,
the strength of Thy restraining will,
Thy spiking of hell’s artillery.

Blessed be my sovereign Lord!

I love the Puritans!



  1. Sandra A. said,

    September 14, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    It is so good to have you posting again and it is wonderful to be at a point in house organization that I have some time to read those posts.
    Love you all at RPC and miss greatly your ministry to us.

    • cliftonr said,

      September 14, 2010 at 4:48 PM

      We miss you and Jack, also. I am glad things are settling down for you out there and pray that God will continue to use you to minister to His sheep in West Texas.

  2. Sandra A. said,

    September 15, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    According to the weather bureau, we live in west central Texas, thank you very much. I knew it was central even if it is also west. Heehee!

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