When I look back upon my life nigh spent,

Nigh spent, although the stream as yet flows on,

I more of follies than of sins repent,

Less for offence than love’s shortcomings moan.


With self, O Father, leave me not alone-

Leave not with the beguiler of the beguiled:

Besmirched and ragged, Lord, take back thine own:

A fool I bring thee to be made a child.

George Macdonald, 1824-1905


Submitted by Steve Sherwood


For further reflection, today we’re reading John 17:6-19 in our community lenten reader.