Thursday, January 19, 2012

everlasting delights


"Keep me walking steadfastly towards the country
of everlasting delights,
that paradise-land which is my true inheritance.


Support me by the strength of heaven
that I may never turn back,
or desire false pleasures
that wilt and disappear into nothing.


As I pursue my heavenly journey by thy grace
let me be known as a person with no aim
but that of a burning desire for thee,
and the good and salvation
of others."

This beautiful prayer comes from the book,  Valley of Vision.
It is a collection of Puritan prayers {16th & 17th centuries} written in poetic form.
Jason gave a copy to each of us for Christmas.
It was the first gift we opened.
There wasn't a dry eye as he read one of the prayers,
"The Gift of Gifts," as we started our Christmas morning celebration.
~ ~ ~
A couple of weeks ago, Amanda and her boyfriend, Nick,
took a walk along the Hudson River Walkway.
She took the most beautiful photos.
She knows that I "stole" them for Sky Watch Friday  :D
~ ~ ~
I wish you all a wonderful weekend
filled with everlasting delights!

24 comments:

keeyit said...

Is that the golden bridge gate? hehe.. the first picture is so stunning!

eyesonme2world said...

The sky and the water similar color...

Rebecca said...

The absolute smoothness of the water is what caught my attention...

I shall try to locate The Gift of Gifts. (And the book.)

Gloria said...

Oh, my goodness!!! Gorgeous photos and words here today! As always, dear Maria...:)

I hope you are staying warm and cozy. Happy week to you!!

xoxo...Gloria

Linda said...

That book was given to me by a dear friend, and I love it.
The pictures are stunning. It looks like the Bear Mt. bridge to me.

Cathy said...

Beautiful!

Barb said...

That prayer seems so modern in the hope it conveys. Amanda's photos are luminous. The lighting is perfect to showcase sky and water. Have a wonderful weekend, Maria.

Kim, USA said...

It's stunning! thanks for sharing!

SWF

ladyfi said...

Wow - your friend has captured a glorious moment of beauty and peace!

Julie Harward said...

Beautiful...the pictures and the poem, a perfect fit! ;D

It's me said...

Hi Maria...beautiful pictures !!!...have a nice weekend darling......filled with colors.....xxx...

eileeninmd said...

Hello Maria, lovely words and photos. Happy Skywatching!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning beautiful friend,

I am so late as I can see here! But the sentiments you share are what I have also been brewing up in my mind for my next post.....there is so much to ponder at this time of year when life freezes a bit! HOW IS SCHOOL? Crazy over here. I hope you are WELL, and happy my dear colleague and friend!! Anita

DrillerAA09 said...

Love that first capture. It is suitable for framing. Very nice work. Have a wonderful week-end.

koralee said...

Stunning my friend....your words today fit so well.
My world does not look so peaceful today...it's another snowday {3rd this week} but it is because of freezing rain today..so I am staying cozy in my home today.
Love to you. xoxoxo

francis said...

Thank you for sharing this and taking me with you .
The ways our children are walking can teach us so much !
Love and hugs

Pearl Maple said...

Thank you for sharing these magical views and the text, what a wonderful gift. Thanks for your kind comments on my post.

Wanda..... said...

The photos convey a sense of quiet peacefulness.... a feel of being there alone in ones thoughts with no distractions, Just Being. Beautiful!

dcrelief said...

Felt a little tear there myself; beautiful!

Diana said...

Amanda has a good eye. Beautiful photos!
Love Di ♥

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good evening sweet sister! Oh my, we do have our work cut out for us, don't we dear friend? I too am in the middle of doing fluency tests and then 52 essays and 52 French science notebooks!! But next Monday there are no students and we have a clerical day to finish things up. I PLAN ON finishing up BEFORE THEN so I can just put in my time that day to clean up the room and start a NEW SEMESTER FRESH!! Yes, we are back to reality, but as one kind blogger put it, "....TAKE NARNIA wherever you are." Indeed.

THANK YOU for your kind words and generous friendship my dear. BLESSINGS TO YOU! Anita

Nancy said...

I am thankful to have found my way over to your blog...the pictures are incredible and the words life saving.....

I will definitely be back for more encouragement.....

francis said...

Sweet Maria , every time little Eva is with me and having her little bites she is wearing the beautiful bib you made .
Every time I intend to make a picture and every time I am so busy doing it all well I am only being busy with Eva and not with my camera .....
But .....please hear the song with this ....... you are always on my mind , you are always on my mind ...

Lots of love

EcoRover said...

Your friend shared some outstanding photos--I like that suspension bridge. Happy (Chinese) New Year, Maria!