Feb 26, 2010

Celtic Prayer


"Prayer was not reserved primarily for church: it was a natural outpouring of the culture, a culture that saw power in the natural world, one that did not see a division between the spiritual and the secular, one that did not judge worthiness--Jesus died for all. The Irish prayers reflected the life of the people and were melodic, continual and close to the heart."

Here is one prayer quoted in the book:

God be in my head
and in my understanding;
God be in my eyes
and in my looking;
God be in my mouth
and in my speaking;
God be in my heart
and in my thinking;
God be at my end
and at my departing.

These were simple prayers that made use of repetition for the purpose of memorization. But they were also heartfelt and have a kind of relevance that speaks to us today. If God is in the forefront of all you do, say, think…then you are sure to stay on the right track.

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