In His Majesty's Service.

good.

On this day on which The Lord of all came among servants, let the lords also bow down to their servants lovingly.

On this day when the rich One was made poor for our sake, let the rich man also make the poor man a sharer at his table.

On this day a gift came out to us without our asking for it; let us then give alms to those who cry out and beg from us…

This Lord of natures today was transformed contrary to his nature; it is not too difficult for us also to overthrow our evil will.

Bound is the body by its nature for it cannot grow larger or smaller; but powerful is the will for it may grow to all sizes.

Today the Deity imprinted itself on humanity so that humanity might also be cut into the seal of Deity.

—Ephrem the Syrian;
Hymns on the Nativity, I.93-99

62.psalm

Teach us in everything
To be growing closer
To each other
To you, our King
Connected
Following thee
We pant for your streams

61.psalm

Trusting in you
It’s my life blood
My joy
To keep me fretting about things here
As I get upset
As I feel unimportant
Insignificant
Where am I called?
Is there a calling for me?
Drained when I feel unused
When I feel no faith in my abilities
I feel no confidence from others
No unity
And I hate all this as I write it
Keep me honest
Faithful
Patient
Trusting
Encouraging
Kind
Even when my anger and confusion tries to take hold

60.psalm

Let those around me be my ministry
My passion
My energy
My life
And in all those I know
Let me be fueled by you
When I am alone,
Let me speak with you
About them
The world
Me
You
Let me never say that your worth is in what you’ve done for me
But let me find your great worth in who you are
I follow you
Guide me to follow you closer
To, in every instance, find how I can be nearer to thee
I strive for you
And to help those around me walk with you more closely
Keep me in tune with you
My King
I serve you

59.psalm

Thank you
For a day that won’t be quickly forgotten
For family
For Her
Like your resurrection,
Let this spur me forward to love her more each day
As we love
Serve
Live
And go wherever we go
Thank you, My King

juicepirate:

When we went snorkeling with the manatees the water was really murky so they would just sneak up on you. I was just floating along and one would just bump into me. They are like 3,600 pound ninjas.

juicepirate:

When we went snorkeling with the manatees the water was really murky so they would just sneak up on you. I was just floating along and one would just bump into me. They are like 3,600 pound ninjas.

(Source: youknowyoureafloridianwhen, via npr)

58.psalm

He gives us living water

    Where water of the earth only sustains temporarily

He is our bread of life

    As we hunger again for food

He is the light of our world

    Shining another, truer world’s light everywhere we go

He is our gate, our shepherd

    Granting us access, protection, guidance

He is our resurrection, our life

    As the life we here lead will fail 

    As we find a new more full life come

He is our way, our truth, our life

    Equipping us to bring others to him

He is our vine

    Who we must stay connected to

        Together

He is our King

Who is resurrected

Who makes us resurrected

Jesus is alive

If we demonstrate what kind of union we have by only a mere barren confession of faith - without sealing the bond of our union by the good works that proceed from love - we will be branches indeed, but still dead and without fruit.

— Cyril of Alexandria, Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture