Fr. Cecil Champneys Burnham

1914 - 2002

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A HANDFUL OF PRAYERS

Our God exists, a Power above,
Who offers all embracing love.
For He will help us day by day
If only we sincerely pray.
For every time you say a prayer,
You fill yourself with Heaven's air.

We all have prayer books we can use
By night or day whene'er we choose
In church at home in open air,
In noise or quiet, no matter where.
Within your left hand take your right
And hold its thumb with pressure light

This is the digit nearest you
So pray for those whose love is true
Your parents, children, husband wife,
Who all give meaning to your life.
In prayer for them you'll love to linger
Till next you grasp your index finger.

This finger's used to teach or scold
By those who guide the young or old
So pray for teachers everywhere
That God may help them with His care
And make them wise that all may heed
Their good advice in time of need.

Now to the middle finger go.
This is the tallest one you know.
Above the others see it stand.
It represents the great and grand.
Here pray that those who lead the nations
Be guided in deliberations.

The awkward finger's next to come.
It's not so able as are some.
Pray now for those who're sick or ill,
For those whose paths seem all uphill;
The blind, the deaf, each homeless one
And all whose days are nearly done.

What's last? The little one? That's true.
Least important, its me and you.
Just for ourselves then let us pray
That God may help us on our way.
We all can have, whate'er our cares,
A hand quite full of helpful prayers.

Copyright 2000 [Rev. C. Champneys Burnham]. All rights reserved.
Revised: May 02, 2009 .
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