A-Lenten-Prayer-a-Day, Day 6

Note: As a personal, spiritual discipline, reviving my practice in the Lenten season of 2017, I revise the prayers I wrote then for each of the forty days of this Lent; each petition focusing on a theme, a concern weighing on my mind and heart or a care of my soul and spirit.


On signs (being a meditation on Exodus 13.21-22)…

The Pillar of Fire, Paul Hardy (1862-1942)

O God of wonder, in Your gracious Governance, You gave unto Your people, sojourning through the wilderness from captivity to liberty, the guidance by day of a pillar of cloud and, by night, a pillar of fire.

Many a day, many a time during these days, life, for me, seems, is barren of ease, desolate of comfort; bounding on every side with the ravenous beasts of suspicion and misunderstanding, anger and insult, fear and reproach.

Send, O God, a sign of Your abiding Presence and abundant Power to help me hold in the hands of my prayers the heart of my hope that come whate’er, come whene’er, come howe’er, I may rest in Your Love.



Illustration: The Pillar of Fire, Paul Hardy (1862-1942)

2 thoughts on “A-Lenten-Prayer-a-Day, Day 6

  1. Paul,

    This prayer was so appropriate for yesterday so much pain, anger and discomfort in the world…between the coronavirus and all of the political shenanigans it’s hard to find peace.

    As for “come what may” I couldn’t help but think of all the folks who lost so much yesterday in TN in those devastating tornadoes. None of us wake up in the morning thinking we will be killed by an incredible force of wind, yet so many souls died just that way yesterday….

    Love & Thanks!!


  2. The terror and tragedy of the tornado in Tennessee calls for the courage of conviction of come whate’er, come whene’er, come howe’er. I suppose, if I was to be honest (and I will be), it is easy to think and write of such sentiments when the storms of life, in whatever form, are not raging. Perhaps that is the opportune time to set one’s heart on the peace that comes with trust in the Ultimate, that is…who is God. For storms will come. Of that we can be assured.



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