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.
Have you ever heard this prayer before? Many people probably have. It is also called the Sarum Prayer because it comes from the Sarum Primer. The Sarum Primer is a collection of prayers and worship resources developed in Salisbury, England, during the 13th century. It was used throughout England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, as well as some parts of continental Europe, until the Reformation. It continues to be valued today because of its beautiful expressions of faith and devotion. Since this prayer was written down in the 13th century, it has been used by countless people. Our Senior Choir will sing this prayer in worship on Sunday, October 14. By using these ancient words, we can gain a sense of the entire Christian community throughout space and time and reflect on the timeless dimensions of the people of God. Consider using this prayer as part of your devotions this week and remember all the saints who have gone before us who also lifted this prayer up to God.
Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” (John 14:23 NIV)