Friday, May 7, 2010

An Expression of Trust

Phillips Brooks once said, "A prayer in its simplest definition is merely a wish turned Godward."  I like this sentiment! Brooks was the author of the famous Christmas carol, 'O Little Town of Bethlemen.' I did a post about that back at Christmas time, but since then I have found a prayer by Brooks that is a wonderful expression of trust in God.  

(Brooks was a very famous American clergyman.  According to Wikipedia, his death in 1893 was a major event in the history of Boston. Harvard students carried his body on their shoulders. All barriers of denomination were down; all felt that a great man had fallen.)

A Prayer

O Lord,
by all Your dealings with us,
whether of joy or pain,
of light or darkness,
Let us be brought to You.
Let us value no treatment of Your grace
simply because it makes us happy
or because it makes us sad,
because it gives us or denies us what we want;
But may all that You send us
bring us to You;
that knowing Your perfectness,
we may be sure in every disappointment
You are still loving us,
in every darkness
You are still enlightening us,
and in every enforced idleness
You are giving us life,
as in His death You gave life to Your Son,
our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

-Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)

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