Stan Holloway has over the years written songs and poetry - many beautiful words - in praise to Our Lord. We are reproducing this prayer, (with his permission) that he sent to a few of us recently. We hope it speaks to you as it has done to us.
And to accompany this post, we have added a video of Matt Redman's Upon Him.
DEPENDENT UPON HIM
O Lord who's power is infinite and wisdom infallible,
order things that they may neither hinder nor discourage me,
nor prove obstacles to the progress of Your cause.
Stand between me and all strife, that no evil befall,
no sin corrupt my gifts, zeal, attainments.
May I follow duty and not any foolish device of my own:
permit me not to labour at work which will not bless,
that I may serve You without disgrace or debt.
Let me dwell in Your most secret place under Your shadow,
where there is safe impenetrable protection
from the arrow that flieth by day,
the pestilence that walks in darkness,
the strife of tongues,
the malice of ill- will,
the hurt of unkind talk,
the snares of company,
the perils of youth,
the temptations of middle age,
the mournings of old age
and the fear of death.
I am dependent entirely on You for support, counsel, consolation.
Uphold me by your free Spirit,
and may I not think it enough to be preserved from falling,
but may I always go forward,
always abounding in the work you give me to do.
Strengthen me by your Spirit in my inner self
for every purpose of my Christian life.
All my jewels I give to the shadow of the safety that is in You.
My name anew in Christ;
my body, soul, talents, character,
my success, spouse, children, friends, work, my present, my future, my end;
take them, they are Yours,
and I am Yours,
now and forever.
Stan Holloway - April 2020
MEDITATE ON THESE THINGS…
Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
GEORGE and GILL STEWART