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Please Keep the Hellyer Family in Special Prayer

January 4, 2012

Elton Hellyer, our beloved sister in the Lord, is near the end of her earthly pilgrimage at the Chinook Hospice. Elton shared with me yesterday how natural and peaceful it is for her to let go and fall asleep in God’s loving arms. I was struck at how I was treading on holy ground as I spent time with Elton and Bill. The Lord’s Presence surrounded and filled us.

Today, Elton was sleeping restfully, and while I was sitting by her bedside, I noticed, handwritten and framed, the first prayer printed below, and my heart was deeply moved. The beginning of the prayer is by William Sloane Coffin, Jr. (1922-2006). The second prayer printed below is by Johann Arndt (1555-1621), from Mary W. Tileston, ed., Great Souls at Prayer, 15th Edition (London: H. R. Allenson Ltd., 1912), p. 37. 

Take our minds and think through them
Take our lips and speak through them
Take our hearts and set them on fire with love for you.
What we know not, teach us
What we have not, give us
And what we are not, make us.

Lord, give us hearts never to forget Thy love; but to dwell therein whatever we do, whether we sleep or wake, live or die, or rise again to the life that is to come. For Thy love is eternal life and everlasting rest; for this is life eternal to know Thee and Thy infinite goodness. O let its flame never be quenched in our hearts; let it grow and brighten, till our whole souls are glowing and shining with its light and warmth. Be Thou our Joy and Hope, our Strength and Life, our Shield and Shepherd, our Portion for ever. For happy are we if we continue in the love wherewith Thou hast loved us; holy are we when we love Thee steadfastly. Therefore, O Thou, Whose name and essence is Love, enkindle our hearts, enlighten our understandings, sanctify our wills, and fill all the thoughts of our hearts, for Jesus Christ’s sake – Amen.

For we believe that Jesus died and rose again,
and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus
those who have fallen asleep in him.
(1 Thessalonians 4:14)

We pray for Elton to sleep sound in Jesus, and for Our Lord’s love to envelop and enfold her, Bill, and all the family – now and for evermore.

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