Friday, October 12, 2007

For Luke

I'm baptising my Grandson Luke on Sunday. He's all of one month old. I pray the following prayer for him, for his older brother and his cousins.

Our children, Lord, in faith and prayer, We now devote to Thee; Let them Thy covenant mercies share, And Thy salvation see.

Such helpless babes Thou didst embrace, While dwelling here below; To us and ours, O God of grace, The same compassion show.

In early days their hearts secure, From worldly snares, we pray; O let them to the end endure In every righteous way.

This prayer was written by Thomas Haweis about 1808. Haweis was an associate of the Countess of Huntingdon, John Newton and other Evangelicals in 18th century England.

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