For the Right Use of Possessions (II)   6 comments

Part of My Library As It Appeared on January 11, 2009

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

I have reduced the size of library and rearranged bookcases and books since January 11, 2009, with some of my volumes going to students.  Nevertheless, my library remains an invaluable source of reference materials.  Almost of all of the prayers on this weblog come from some of these books.  May these prayers (or many of them, at least) bless and otherwise help you.

I have modernized, adapted, and reformatted a prayer from The Book of Common Order (1950), of The United Church of Canada.

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Lord of all being, Maker and Master of the world and all that dwell therein,

we thank you that in in your treasure house

there is ample store for the needs of all your children.

Forgive us when in our desire to possess and to enjoy,

we seek our own more than our well-earned share of this world’s goods.

Teach us that none of us lives to himself or herself.

May we hold all that we have as a trust

to be used for the furtherance of your kingdom in Jesus Christ.

Amen.

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The original form follows:

Lord of all being, Maker and Master of the world and that dwell therein:  We thank thee that in thy treasure house there is ample store for the need of every child of thine.  Forgive us when in our desire to possess and to enjoy, we seek for own more than our well-earned share of this world’s goods.  Teach us that no man liveth to himself.  May we hold all that we have as a trust to be used for the furtherance of thy kingdom in Jesus Christ.  Amen.

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