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North Highland United Methodist Church
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Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

November 2008 Column

    

 SPIRITUAL FORMATION 

      The “Discipline” of Prayer
 
 
Carlyle and I sorted through two long shelves of old books. Among them was one published in 1943. It had been given to my sister and me Christmas 1949. It is brownish-yellow with age.
 
A Book of Prayer for Boys and Girls. The introduction explains the importance of learning to pray, to learn this sacred discipline from parents and teachers.
 
 “You need a telescope if you want to study the stars, a plow if you want to till the soil, an auto or train to travel, a radio to listen to broadcasts.” (My how time has changed!) “And if you want to be Christians you need to pray.” Then this quote “Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath, the Christian’s native air.” (That has not changed!)
 
 Here are two meal time prayers in the book.
 
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 Lord Jesus, ere I take and eat
thy blessing lay on bread and meat,
that when I’ve dined my soul may give
Thee humble thanks and rise and live. Amen
 
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O Giver of every good that hand and heart may hold,
We thank Thee for our daily food and blessings manifold. Amen
 
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I remember Dad teaching me the Lord’s Prayer, I can remember the repeating of the words, the feeling of being safe and close, the stillness of the night.
 
I remember Carlyle teaching The Lord’s Prayer to our children. He was the one who most often listened to the bed time prayers. I think I was in charge of meal time grace.
 
Some of us learned from our parents, grandparents or Sunday School teachers
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Who taught you?
 
Whom did you teach?
 
Oh how I would love to be at a child’s bed for night prayers.
 
Peace,
Pastor Sheila
 

 November 2008