Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | October 14, 2008

Flyleaf Prayers

I started reading Malcolm Muggeridge’s book entitled Something Beautiful for God this week. In this account of Mother Teresa’s life of compassion and faith, Muggeridge recorded something that serves as a follow-up to my post entitled, “A Legacy of Love Notes” (October 12, 2008). Muggeridge, a professed agnostic for most of his life before becoming a Christian, noted that he wrote the following words on the flyleaf of a paperback edition of St Augustine’s Confessions. The note was dated 7 April 1968 and written in Salem, Oregon.

Oh God, stay with me. Let no word cross my lips that is not your word, no thought enter my mind that is not your thought, no deed ever be done or entertained by me that is not your deed.

On the flyleaf of a devotional manual that Mother Teresa gave to Muggeridge, she wrote the following prayer. This manual, Muggeridge wrote, was a “very precious possession.”

Make us worthy, Lord, to serve our fellow men throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger.
Give them through our hands this day their daily bread, and by our understanding love, peace and joy.

Recording prayers on those blank pages generously provided by publishers is just one more way in which we can bless future generations. Whether our books remain on the shelf, end up in cardboard boxes in the attic, or find a new home after we die, imagine what it may mean to a loved one or a stranger to find a prayer recorded on the flyleaf of one of these volumes. We are accustomed to speaking our prayers or silently offering them to God. But perhaps we should consider recording them … or at least a few of them.

As I read Muggeridge’s prayer I was convicted to make it my own. As I read Mother Teresa’s prayer I was convicted by the beauty and simplicity of her life and by her determination to care for the least of these. How might a simple prayer, written by our own hand on the flyleaf of a book, inspire or influence another?


Responses

  1. I also believe that God wants to listen and hear a simple, short prayers.

    Thanks for the encouraging me…

    Mortuza
    Dhaka

  2. Muggeridge’s note from 1968 should be a believer’s mantra! Thanks for sharing that and for continuing to write such wonderful stories that touch and inspire me and others.


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