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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Evening Prayer

We sang this song in our Sunday evening worship service.  We've sung it many times before, but tonight I really thought about the words as we sang. 

When I looked the lyrics up online, many times it was called "Evening Prayer".  I'm not sure if this is the title in our songbook or not, but it very well may be.  These lyrics make a great evening prayer and sure do make me think about how I lived my life today.  Do they you, too?

If I have wounded any soul today,
If I have caused one foot to go astray,
If I have walked in my own willful way,
Dear Lord, forgive!

(Thoughts from this stanza:  Have I hurt anyone's feelings today?  Have I caused anyone to sin because of my actions?  Have I walked in God's Will or MY will?)
If I have uttered idle words or vain,
If I have turned aside from want or pain,
Lest I myself shall suffer through the strain,
Dear Lord, forgive!

(Thoughts from 2nd stanza:  Have I used my words wisely today?  Have I been willing to persevere through whatever comes my way?) 
If I have been perverse or hard, or cold,
If I have longed for shelter in Thy fold,
When Thou hast given me some fort to hold,
Dear Lord, forgive!

(Thoughts from the 3rd stanza:  Have I helped those who might have needed my help today?  Have I ignored those in need?  Have I been content in where I am right now or have I complained about my circumstances?)
Forgive the sins I have confessed to Thee;
Forgive the secret sins I do not see;
O guide me, love me and my keeper be,
Dear Lord, Amen.

(Thoughts from the 4th stanza:  Have I asked for forgiveness of sin I know I have committed?  Do I realize that there may be sins in my life that I'm not recognizing but that You may be seeing in me?

1 comment:

Michelle said...

What a great reminder Lori.

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