Contemplative Corner – “Prayer for All of Life”

Prayer for All of Life

God of our life, through all the circling years,
We trust in Thee;
In all the past, through all our hopes and fears,
Thy hand we see.
With each new day, when morning lifts the veil,
We own Thy mercies, Lord, which never fail.

God of the past, our times are in Thy hand;
With us abide.
Lead us by faith to hope’s true promised land;
Be Thou our guide.
With Thee to bless, the darkness shines as light,
And faith’s fair vision changes into sight.

God of the coming years through paths unknown
We follow Thee;
When we are strong, Lord, leave us not alone;
Our refuge be.
Be Thou for us in life our daily bread.
Our heart’s true home when all our years have sped.

-Hugh Thomson Kerr (1871-1950)

From the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), The Presbyterian Hymnal (1990), no. 275.
Copyright, 1928, by F. M. Braselman; renewed 1956 by Presbyterian Board of Christian Education. Used
by permission of Westminster John Knox Press.