Friday, February 3, 2017

Kneeling down on red velvet cushions.

Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth tremble before Him. Psalm 96:9

Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.

Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.

Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.

Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above. –William Longstaff

Prince Chapel has been preparing for the visit of the Presiding Bishop for weeks now. Planning menus and pressing robes and extending a special invitation to Mayor Rothchild and practicing over and over the bishop’s favorite hymn, Take Time to Be Holy. Somehow I had become the expert, because I smiled in recognition as the first few familiar piano chords were tentatively struck. So again and again I affirmed that they were exactly right as voices soared to the ceiling.

Set apart from the madding crowd.

Abide in Him always.
Like Him I shall be.
Run not before Him.
Calm in my soul.

May it be so dear Lord.