If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again

How sweet and happy seem those days of which I dream,
When memory recalls them now and then!
And with what rapture sweet my weary heart would beat,
If I could hear my mother pray again.
  • Refrain:
    If I could hear my mother pray again,
    If I could hear her tender voice as then!
    So glad I’d be, ’twould mean so much to me,
    If I could hear my mother pray again.

She used to pray that I on Jesus would rely,
And always walk the shining gospel way;
So trusting still His love, I seek that home above,
Where I shall meet my mother some glad day.
Within the old home-place her patient, smiling face
Was always spreading comfort, hope and cheer;
And when she used to sing to her eternal King,
It was the songs the angels loved to hear.
Her work on earth is done, the life-crown has been won,
And she will be at rest with Him above;
And some glad morning she, I know, will welcome me
To that eternal home of peace and love.

Lyrics by John Whitfield “Whit” Vaughan (1879-1945)

As Sung by Ben Harper & The Blind Boys of Alabama

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Her Silent Prayer

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Her Silent Prayer


I stand and wipe the tears from my eyes

No one knows, no one to realize

The home I live in is not safe

The bruises are hid and not on my face…

The pain inside, I hide so well

No friends for me, no one to tell…

With family away and will never see

For I keep the secret deep inside of me…

Hiding the pain and living a lie

Never complain and try not to cry…

A part of me dies with each new mark

I’m so afraid as I stand in the dark…

No longer can I take the pain

I am not the one to blame….

This love hurts and should not be

God please send an angel for me…

© Copy rite- Mattie (Deaton) Herald 2001

Winner of the “Editors Choice Award” 2001

Book: A Sublime Remembrance” (ISBN: 0-7951-5065-2)

Perseverance

Family Collage

Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to run with perseverance the race marked out for them.

Amen

Top Ten Things For Which I Am Thankful

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Thank you Lord, for every night I lie down in a comfortable and safe home. But, an estimated 100 million people worldwide are homeless.

Lord, I pray for all women and men, boys and girls who are homeless. For all these people, I pray that you will provide shelter, security and hope.

 

9

Thank you Lord, for there is always plenty to eat in my house. But, so many in this world lack and struggle daily for sustainable nourishment.

Lord, I pray for those who, right now, are feeling the pain of physical hunger and the anguish of malnutrition. Lord, fill them and energize us all for the task of feeding our hungry brothers and sisters on your behalf.

 

8

Thank you Lord, for in my country I enjoy great freedom. Though I have many grievances with our leaders and institutions, I truly appreciate the honor and opportunity it is to be an American.

Lord, I pray that You grant us the grace to fearlessly contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations.

 

7

Thank you Lord, for I live in a loving, safe and nurturing community. My family is blessed to live in a “village” dedicated to raising wonderful children — where people care about others — where people pitch in to help when things get rough — where it’s safe to let the kids play around outside.

Lord, I pray that folks get the understanding that life is a lot easier when you are part of a network of friends, family, community, and neighborhood. Touch the people, so together in Christ they may find a new sense of purpose and life in their community.

 

6

Thank you Lord, for I am blessed with good health in mind and body, while many people have a serious illness which keeps them from enjoying a full and happy life.

Lord, I pray that you look with favor on those who are weak and failing. Obtain for them health in mind and body, or the strength to accept all suffering in union with Christ.

 

5

Thank you Lord, for I am blessed with many friends. In times of trouble, I have always had friends who were there to help me.

Lord, I pray that you bless my friends. In their waking and in their sleeping, in their laughter and in their tears, surround them with your love until the end of their days.

 

4

Thank you Lord, for my family. God has given me a wonderful extended family, which just keeps on extending.

Lord, I pray that you bless my family. Endow them with the riches of your blessings, surround them with your love until the end of their days.

 

3

Thank you Lord, for my children. My greatest blessing is my four wonderful children. They truly “light up my life.”

Lord, I pray, that You grant parents all the virtues we need to lead the children by word and example in the ways of wisdom and piety. One day, with them, may we enter into the joys of our true and lasting home with You.

 

2

Thank you Lord, for my wonderful wife, who knows me better than anyone else, yet still loves me more than anyone else.

Lord, I pray that you help me, and all husbands, to love our wives, sacrificially, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her.

 

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Thank you Lord, for Your Son, Jesus. No one ever loved me like Jesus. He loved me so much that he was willing to die, that I might have everlasting life.

Thank you, Jesus.

 

Dear Lord,

Thank you for all of your rich blessings. Help us to share what you have given us with those who are less fortunate than we are.

Amen.

A Parent’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Make me a better parent
Teach me to understand my children,
To listen patiently to what they have to say,
And to answer all their questions kindly.

Keep me from interrupting them,
or contradicting them.
Make me as courteous to them
as I would have them be to me.
Forbid that I should ever laugh at their mistakes,
Or resort to shame or ridicule if they displease me.

Bless me with the bigness to grant them
all their reasonable requests,
And the courage to deny them privileges
that I know will do them harm.
Make me fair and just and kind.
And fit me, O Lord,
to be loved and respected
and imitated by my children.

Amen.

 

~~ Author Unknown

The Prayer of the Children

 

The Prayer of the Children

by Kurt Bestor and Sam Cardon

Can you hear the prayer of the children?
On bended knee, in the shadow of an unknown room
Empty eyes with no more tears to cry
Turning heavenward toward the light

Crying jesus, help me
To see the morning light-of one more day
But if i should die before i wake,
I pray my soul to take

Can you feel the hearts of the children?
Aching for home, for something of their very own
Reaching hands, with nothing to hold on to,
But hope for a better day a better day

Crying jesus, help me
To feel the love again in my own land
But if unknown roads lead away from home,
Give me loving arms, away from harm

Can you hear the voice of the children?
Softly pleading for silence in a shattered world?
Angry guns preach a gospel full of hate,
Blood of the innocent on their hands

Crying jesus, help me
To feel the sun again upon my face,
For when darkness clears i know you’re near,
Bringing peace again

Dali cujete sve djecje molitive?
Can you hear the prayer of the children?

Call My Family, Lord

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
~~ 1 Peter 2:9

Father, I pray today that you may count my family worthy of your calling.

Enable us to become increasingly loving, full of integrity, and steeped in the knowledge of you and your Word.

I ask that you work in our lives that we may grow in all things that please you.

Help us to establish and pursue only those plans, goals, and purposes that are in keeping with your will and intent for our lives;

By your power cause every good purpose and faith-prompted act of ours to bear abundant fruit.

I pray this so that the name of the Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in our lives and our lives in Him.

I thank you for your marvelous grace, for we know:
~~It is only by your grace that we can love unconditionally.
~~It is only by your grace that we can become fruitful.
~~It is only by your grace that we can persevere.
~~It is only by your grace that we can mature.

I ask all these things depending on your grace and in the name of Jesus Christ.

Amen.