May 15th, 2017

Spirit Of God, Descend Upon My Heart

Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
Wean it from earth; through all its pulses move;
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art;
And make me love Thee as I ought to love.

I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,
No sudden rending of the veil of clay,
No angel visitant, no opening skies;
But take the dimness of my soul away.

Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh;
Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear.
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh,
Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.

Hast Thou not bid me love Thee, God and King?
All, all Thine own, soul, heart and strength and mind.
I see Thy cross; there teach my heart to cling:
O let me seek Thee, and O let me find!

Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love,
One holy passion filling all my frame;
The kindling of the heaven descended Dove,
My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.
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afraid of the dark

It is 3:30 PM Monday afternoon. It is a warm sunny day here in West Michigan today. It actually feels like Spring today instead of Autumn.

I got up this morning around 6:30 AM. I got up made a pot of coffee and got oatmeal ready to make when Carol would get up to face another day in the world. After I made coffee I messed with our main computer and then wrote in my paper diary. After I wrote in my paper diary I read from a book titled, "Reading The Bible Supernaturally" by John Piper. When Carol got up I made us oatmeal for breakfast. After breakfast I read and wrote in my paper diary till 10 o'clock AM. I then left to visit thrift stores north of town. I found these used books today to add to our library-

"Justice" short stories by Larry Watson

"Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything" by James Gleick

"Sons of Providence: The Brown Brothers, The Slave Trade, And The American Revolution" by Charles Rappleye

"The Big Sky" a novel by A. B. Guthrie, Jr.

"Judgment Day: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr. And The Laws That Changed America" by Nick Kotz

"Night: Night Life, Night Language, Sleep and Dreams" essays by A. Alvarez

"James Madison" biography by Richard Brookhiser

"Ending" a novel by Hilma Wolitzer

I got home from my wanderings around 11:35 AM. Carol was making cookies when I got home. I ate lunch and then cataloged the used books I bought this morning into my LibraryThing site.

Carol went to bed around 1:30 PM and I decided to read "Night: Night Life, Night Language, Sleep and Dreams" essays by A. Alvarez for awhile. While I was reading my friend Tim called and asked if it was alright to stop by. I said sure! I am not doing anything super important. When Tim arrived he asked if I could drive him to a local grocery store. I said sure on the way I can stop at Goodwill I see if there is any used books to buy. So Tim and I did that this afternoon. We went to Goodwill and I found one used book titled, "The Death Of Bunny Munro" a novel by Nick Cave. After Goodwill we went grocery shopping.

So it has been a busy day for this old man. I am pretty blown out this afternoon.

In the mail this afternoon I received a radio I had ordered from Amazon, a new book and a CD. I also got in the mail two other CD's. Consumer goods have been flowing into this house today nonstop! The book I got in the mail today is titled, "Blood, Bone, And Marrow: A Biography Of Harry Crews" by Ted Geltner With A Foreword By Michael Connelly.

Last night I watched a little TV with my wife and read late into the night from a novel titled, "The Dream Maker" by Jean-Christophe Rufin.

Well I am wasted so I will close to wait for darkness to fall.
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