My friend Juliana gave me Elizabeth Elliot's book "Be Still my Soul" for my birthday. I started reading it and was touch with this prayer that Elizabeth found in her Mother's Prayer Journal. I've been keeping prayer journals for years to keep me focused while I pray, and I will be adding this prayer to my journal to pray for my children and grandchildren. I posted it today on the Daily Prayer Blog, but wanted to also share it here on my personal blog.
"Father, our children keep.
We know not what is coming upon the earth.
Beneath the shadow of Thy heavenly wing,
O keep them, keep them, Thou who gavest them birth.
Father, draw nearer to us.
Draw firmer around us Thy protecting arm.
O clasp our children closer to Thy side,
Uninjured in the day of earth's alarm.
Then in Thy chambers hide,
O hide them and preserve them calm and safe.
When sin abounds, and error flows abroad
And Satan tempts and human passions chafe.
O keep them undefiled,
Unspotted from a tempting world of sin,
That, clothed in white, through the bright city gates,
They may with triumph enter in."
Have a wonderful Sunday, and may we all be diligent in praying for our children and all the children of the World.
*image of Elizabeth Elliot from googleimages.com