"Blessed is God who uses corporeal objects continually to draw us close in a symbolic way to a knowledge of God’s invisible nature. O name of Jesus, key to all gifts, open up for me the great door to your treasure-house, that I may enter and praise you with the praise that comes from the heart.
O my Hope, pour into my heart the inebriation that consists in the hope of you. O Jesus Christ, the resurrection and light of all worlds, place upon my soul’s head the crown of knowledge of you; open before me all of a sudden the door of mercies, cause the rays of your grace to shine out in my heart.
O Christ, who are covered with light as though with a garment, who for my sake stood naked in front of Pilate, clothe me with that might which you caused to overshadow the saints, whereby they conquered this world of struggle. May your Divinity, Lord, take pleasure in me, and lead me above the world to be with you.
I give praise to your holy Nature, Lord, for you have made my nature a sanctuary for your hiddeness and a tabernacle for your holy mysteries, a place where you can dwell, and a holy temple for your Divinity."
==St. Isaac of Syria==
For some reason the words treasure-house delight and intrigue me. Locks and keys and things that go click /snick have always fascinated me ever since I was a very little girl, as have any kind of jewels/treasure/stones etc...so sue me i am a jewelry designer and glass artist I like shiny. Bezalel is still one of my favorite bible characters excuse me!
I think it's time to remember again what they are.
I wonder what the Lord has for me in his treasure-house.
I am delighted that we worship a King who delights to GIVE us the key and the treasures of his treasure house! It makes me remember one of my favorite parts of Prince Caspian by CS Lewis...where the children rediscover the treasure-room at Cair Paravel the castle by the sea in Narnia where they reigned in Narnia's Golden Time as Kings and Queens together...
"do you remember...do you remember this,....do you remember?"
Do I remember?
I think I've forgotten my treasures.
Time to go back and remember.
Ah the key...the name of Jesus and a gently pointed reminder to return to my commitment of praying the Jesus prayer regularly. i saw new treasures come from that. let's see what He wants to show me now from His collection. (pictures God eagerly opening up a chest of beautiful things and showing me what he wants me to know next wow thanks God!)
I hope that imagination is of him.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me...a sinner.