Thursday, May 17, 2007

Ready for adventure

This morning I got out "The Book of Common Worship" 1947 edition for a little change of pace in morning prayer. The "thees and thous" and "bestoweth"s can make it both a little awkward and very effective. Prayers can't be said quickly and unthinkingly when you are using this older language. And sometimes, perhaps because the idiom is a little antiquated, the meaning behind the words is especially fresh. That was the case for me this morning.

So I'm passing on one of the morning family prayers. Maybe your family will pray it together, too:

O Lord of all good life,

we pray Thee to purify our lives.

Help us each day to know more of Thee,

and by the power of Thy Spirit
use us to show forth Thyself to others.

Make us humble, brave, and loving;

make us ready for adventure.

We do not ask that Thou wilt keep us safe,

but that Thou wilt keep us ever

loyal to the example of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Make us ready for adventure. Hmmm.

1 comment:

Rachel said...

I love that the word "adventure" is right next to the "thous" and "wilts." Maybe the more traditional folks weren't so stuffy after all. :-)