They don't make 'em like that old curmudgeon Samuel Johnson anymore
(Johnson is probably best known for his dictionary, one of the earliest
English dictionaries). This prayer is meant not to be whispered, but to
be proclaimed by one with good lungs and a well-buttoned waistcoat
[pronounced wes'cut, of course...]

December 13, 2002

    Feast of Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304
    Commemoration of Samuel Johnson, Writer, Moralist, 1784

    Almighty and most merciful Father, I again appear in Thy presence
the wretched misspender of another year which Thy mercy has allowed me.
O Lord let me not sink into total depravity, look down upon me, and
rescue me at last from the captivity of sin.  Impart to me good
resolutions, and give me
strength and perseverance to perform them.  Take not from me Thy Holy
Spirit, but grant that I may redeem the time lost, and that by
temperance and diligence, by sincere repentance and faithful obedience I
may finally attain everlasting happiness, for the sake of Jesus Christ
our Lord.
                                 ... Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Thanks to Kathryn Daniel, a Canadian LDS originally from Barbados now
living in Bermuda, for this.

Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

“Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he
will pick himself up and continue on” – Winston Churchill

Note: This communication represents the informal personal views of the
author solely; its contents do not necessarily reflect those of the
author’s employer, nor those of any organization with which the author
may be associated.

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