Evelyn Underhill’s Prayer Book

中文: Chinese Version

An author who has been influential in my spiritual growth is Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941). She is known for her deep spiritual books and was one of the first women in England to teach on spiritual topics. She often led retreats on spiritual growth.

Recently, 75 years after her death, prayer notebooks she used in the retreats were unexpectedly found. These hand-copied prayers are from Underhill’s extensive reading of many Christian writers over the centuries. The collection has been published (2018) and I am enjoying beginning my days by reading her prayers. Here is an example:

“We put aside all that we are: we cleave to all that God is: we will bear all that troubles us, for His glory. O God! help us to worship You after Your mind and not after our own. Help us to forget ourselves and live only for Your glory. Help us to accept gratefully our weakness and inadequacy and forget them in adoring You.

The Lord is in His holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before Him.”

Coffee ThoughtCoffee/tea thought: Is there a phrase in this prayer that helps you draw closer to God’s heart today?

John

Ref: Evelyn Underhill’s Prayer Book (2018)

November 9th, 2020

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