We continue reading from Hebridean Altars by Alistair Maclean his 1937 collection of the Islanders’ wisdom and piety. Who could not make their own the first part of the prayer we share today? The second part echoes Paul to the Colossians (1:24): “in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.”
Christ says to each one of us, “Thou must take his place.”
Seven times a day, as I work upon this hungry farm, I say to Thee, "Lord, why am I here? "What is there here to stir my gifts to growth? "What great thing can I do for others -- "I who am captive to this dreary toil?" And seven times a day Thou answerest, "I cannot do without thee. "Once did my Son live thy life, "and by his faithfulness did show "My mind, My kindness and My truth to men. "But now He is come to My side. "And thou must take His place."