I have been taking some songs and hymns that I have heard and changing the words to reflect something true about Anna. Today we sang a song in chapel at school that did not seem to fit Anna. It was too much based in what is happening today in the world to have any applicability with Anna now that she has died. But as I sang the words, I was struck by how much I wanted them to be true of our son, Samuel. The song is “Speak, O Lord” and I have altered the words below to be a prayer for Samuel. Read them carefully and see if you cannot also sing this song for your own children.
Speak, O Lord, as Sam comes to You
To receive the food of Your Holy Word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in him;
Shape and fashion him in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In his acts of love and his deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in Sam
All Your purposes for Your glory.
Teach him, Lord, full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility;
Test his thoughts and his attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause his faith to rise; cause his eyes to see
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of pow’r that can never fail—
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.
Speak, O Lord, and renew Sam’s mind;
Help him grasp the heights of Your plans for him—
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace he’ll stand on Your promises,
And by faith he’ll walk as You walk with him.
Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.