Bow Your Heads, and Close Your Eyes

While you read a blog post prayer:

My Good and Gracious Father,

You have brought me safely through another year. This was a year in which I saw and experienced so much of your goodness. You were good when you gave, and you were good when you took away; you were good when the sun shined upon me and you were good when the night fell around me. You were only, ever good.

In your Word you give the sure promise that you have loved me since before the foundation of the world. That love was always with me and held me fast through another year. You led me in each step I took. You led me around the wilderness to the places of cool rest and quiet. You led me through dark valleys to the joy beyond. You were there even in times when I wandered and went astray. There was nowhere I could go that was beyond your love, beyond your reach, beyond your care and compassion. You are so good and I am so grateful.

Father, I trust and I believe that your love and your kindness will be my theme in the year ahead. I entrust the future to you and I do it with joy and with confidence. I do it with sure hope that you already know each step I will take and that you will be with me to direct each one of them. . . .

Who says the Puritans opposed read prayers?

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14 thoughts on “Bow Your Heads, and Close Your Eyes

  1. But didn’t they affirm Matthew 6, as in when you pray do so in private and not in public so as to be seen by others and go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret? Seems the neo-Puritans not so much.

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  2. Who wrote the prayer quoted? Any one any ideas? As the year fades away, I look back on yet another thought provoking and nourishing year of Old Life treats. I am deeply thankful for all the effort that goes into it’s writing. No other blog makes me think about Presbyterian and Reformed matters like this one does, and unlike the smooth, clever diplomats over at GC, T4G etc. OL doesn’t deal in equivocations and levelling of vital distinctions in ecclesiology.

    Old Life also makes me smile and is free from the cloying, sugary stuff and annoying attempts at in house humour (Ref 21 especially) found elsewhere in the Gospel web world. On a more serious note looking back over 2014, I was a tad shocked to see how some big dogs (or should I say loud, yapping wee Scotties?) in the New Calvinist power structures can quickly turn less than nice when they are gently provoked to engage in discussion – David Robertson, namely.

    As I supped my West Country scrumpy cider this evening I also reflected on the fact that Old Life has also given some excellent indirect recommendations – we have just finished watching another episode of Foyle’s War. Me and my wife love it, and are now up to series eight and look forward to series nine in the spring of 2015.

    Happy New Year to all my fellow Old Side compatriots and most of all to D.G. Hart – you have been a great help in the past and no doubt will continue to be so to this Lancastrian in 2015.

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