Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws. I have suffered much; preserve my life, Lord, according to your word. Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws. (Psalm 119:105-108 NIV)
Firstly let me start by wishing you a Happy New Year.
This morning I woke up with an image in my mind for a painting, which I’ll do later. It’s linked to the verse, ‘Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.’
When I opened my Bible at that verse, I carried on reading and I also loved the words that follow. I won’t go on too much here about why, or how far on I read.
But, as we approach a time where we might find ourselves praying the Covenant Prayer*, or something similar, I appreciated the words, ‘I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws.‘ I first prayed the Covenant Prayer in 2015. In 2016 I became a Christian. This year I will be praying the Covenant Prayer with my whole heart, which is a rather daring thing to do!
I’ve, and am continuing to – as it’s ongoing – surrendered my life and heart to Abba-Jeaus-Spirit. As such I intend to use the creative gifts that He has given me to bless others. Therefore, I intend to: read, write, create something art or craft like, and take photographs every day this year. I believe that that practice will not only bless others, but aid my recovery of mental health disorders.
Thank you for being part of my journey and recovery.
© Hannah Kirk 2019
* Covenant Prayer – John Wesley:
I am no longer my own, but thine.Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.Put me to doing, put me to suffering.Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,exalted for thee or brought low for thee.Let me be full, let me be empty.Let me have all things, let me have nothing.I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,thou art mine, and I am thine.So be it.And the covenant which I have made on earth,let it be ratified in heaven.Amen. (As used in the Book of Offices of the British Methodist Church, 1936)