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John Dodson Taylor, Sr.   Leave a comment

Above:  Seal of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States (1861-1983)

Image Source = A Scan from a Book Cover

The Latin means “The light shines in the darkness.”

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My great-grandfather was a member of Summerville Presbyterian Church, Summerville, Georgia, and of the Presbyterian Church in the United States.

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“Lord, What Wilt Thou Have Me to Do?” (Acts 9-6):

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/08/14/lord-what-wilt-thou-have-me-to-do-acts-9-6/

A Paraphrase On Eleven Verses of the Twenty-Second Psalm:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2012/02/04/a-paraphrase-on-eleven-verses-of-the-twenty-second-psalm/

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A Paraphrase On Eleven Verses of the Twenty-Second Psalm   2 comments

Above:  Psalm 22

Image Source = Wikipedia

My God, my God, why pass me by,

And leave unheard my ardent prayer?

By day I lift my ceaseless cry,

And wailings cleave the midnight air.

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O! Lord, Thou high and holy One,

Whom Israel honors, loves, and blesses,

Our fathers oft to Thee have gone,

And found Thine aid in their distresses.

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They cried and Thou didst not forbear,

But lent Thine all-protecting arm;

They sought and Thou didst hear their prayer,

And shielded them from every harm.

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I am a worm despised of men,

The wicked scorn and mock at me;

“Upon the Lord he did depend,

Let him there seek delivery.”

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O! Lord, in childhood’s helpless hour,

I found Thy kindness full and free;

Be near me still in love and power,

For help can come alone from Thee.

JOHN DODSON TAYLOR, SR.

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Adapted from this post:

http://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2012/02/04/a-paraphrase-on-eleven-verses-of-the-twenty-second-psalm/

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Posted February 4, 2012 by neatnik2009 in Desperation and Suffering 1800s

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“Lord, What Wilt Thou Have Me to Do?” (Acts 9-6)   5 comments

Above:  The Conversion of Saint Paul, by Caravaggio

Image Source = Wikipedia

Poem (undated; published in 1883) by John Dodson Taylor, Sr., my paternal great-grandfather

Text based on Acts 9:6, from the conversion of St. Paul

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Why thus has been my mission masked?

God’s purpose in me hid from view;

Have I ne’er with his servant asked

Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?

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That I may honor Lord, Thy name,

And sin in all its forms eschew–

Man’s only purpose, highest aim–

Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?

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That my life be one that shall prove

A life to right and virtue true,

And end at last in one above,

Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/fifteenth-day-of-easter-third-sunday-of-easter-year-c/