Mary Fox talks about a much-loved Christmas present from last year.
Not to be confused with "Thought for the Day", "Prayer for the Day" is broadcast, according to the Introduction of this BBC book, "at 05:43" on Radio 4. To someone who prefers to be soundly asleep at this hour, the gift of this book last Christmas was a blessing in more ways than one!
This volume of Prayer for the Day contains 365 dated reflections, each ending with a short prayer. What particularly appeals to me is that any of them can be read in a few minutes, and often contain items of general interest which become the basis for the prayer. For example, the reflection for today (18th November), written by journalist Frances Finn, informs us that the touch-tone telephone was introduced on this day in 1963. She goes on to consider how we accept change, and concludes with this prayer:
"Lord, thank You for innovators, for creative minds, and for those who seek progress for good. Help me to be willing to embrace positive change in my family, at work and in worship. Amen."
The first volume has now been joined by Volume II, and I notice that there is also "Prayers to See You Through Each Day", another compilation from this early morning series.
Perhaps others will be as pleased as I was to receive one of these volumes as a gift.