Below is an excerpt from the book of two poems for children, one by Mr. Bunyan and the other by me. The one I’ve written is written in Common Meter (18.104.22.168.) so it may be sung to the tunes of well known hymns, such as “Amazing Grace,” “In Christ There is No East or West,” “O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” “Am I a Soldier of the Cross?” or “Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed?”
UPON THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father which in heaven art,
Thy name be always hallowed;
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done;
Thy heavenly path be followed
By us on earth as ‘tis with thee,
We humbly pray;
And let our bread us given be,
From day to day.
Forgive our debts as we forgive
Those that to us indebted are:
Into temptation lead us not,
But save us from the wicked snare.
The kingdom’s thine, the power too,
We thee adore;
The glory also shall be thine
—John Bunyan (1628-1688)
A Poem for Praying Disciples
v9Our Father who in heaven lives
And heavenly is Your frame;
You’re greater than all things you give;
Holy is Your blessed name!
v10 I pray dear Lord Your kingdom come,
And all Your will be done;
That all Your pleasure is fulfill’d,
And heav’n and earth is one.
v11Give us this day our daily bread,
v12And please forgive our debts;
As we also forgive debtors—
And Your mercy not forget.
v13Lead us not into temptation,
Free us from the evil;
I do not have the strength myself
To defeat the devil.
v14And if I have forgiven them
Who trespass and offend;
God’s mercy fills my heart with joy,
My Father has forgiv’n.
v15And if I fail to forgive them
Who trespass and deceive;
‘Tis clear that my heart is not His:
—j.j.c. (1960- )