Thursday, 19 August 2010

Leading a full life

I will have mentioned The Valley of Vision before. A quite lovely collection of Puritan prayers compiled by Arnold Bennett in the 1970s. He was an Anglican clerygyman who retired to live in Clapham near to Bedford where I live and in 1988 I visited him one afternoon. We had a lovely time discussing books and the Christian life. He subsequently wrote a charming letter to me which I keep in my copy of his book.

The Valley of Vision has known a real resurgence in recent years and according to some comments at another blog has sold over 200,000 copies in the USA alone.

This morning I read his prayer on The Gospel. It closes with these words,

Your Son is our only refuge, foundation,hope, confidence;
We depend upon His death,
         rest in his righteousness
         desire to bear his image;
May his glory fill our minds,
         his love reign in our affections,
         his cross inflame us with ardour.
Let us as Christians fill our various situations in life,
                    escape the snares to which they expose us
                    discharge the duties that arise from our circumstances
                    enjoy with moderation their advantages
                    improve with diligence their usefulness
And may every plave and company we are in be benefited by us.


Amen.


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