“It was like walking into a treasure trove of books, hoarded by pirate librarians.”
― Pseudonymous Bosch, The Name of This Book Is Secret
I’ve been needing some kind of boost but, for the life of me, I have not been able to figure out what I needed.
Then I remembered my little local used bookstore.
Since it is only a block from the grocery store–my main mission of the day–I thought it was a perfect time to pay a return visit.
I knew I’d found my recharging spot the moment I walked into this little space. Every single room had walls covered with shelves that were completely filled with books–from the floor to the ceiling with stacks of books standing in front of each group of shelves. Subjects ranged from Texas history to religion to self-help to hobbies and cookbooks. I was completely frozen in place for a few seconds.
The first book I found was this little red book titled, Unconventional Prayers, by Dr. Allen A. Stockdale. Date of publication was 1955. The list of prayers made me smile. A few examples:
- About My Conduct At A Baseball Game
- By A Young Lady on a Small Salary
- Anvils Wear Out Hammers
- A Secretary Who Has A Selfish Boss
- My Grumbling And Complaining Tongue
I knew immediately I had to get the book so I could share.
The first prayer I read was titled “Getting My Strength Renewed”–a message not lost on me.
Let me share that with you today.
True Guardian Angel, of the springs of living water, meet me when I am weary and even discouraged, and lead me to the eternal springs of living water. Help me to find quickly God’s way of renewed strength; may I never think that I have enough power of my own. As the servant of the living God, lead me to the divine sources of fresh and abundant strength. Keep me from wilting in the valley of duty when there are refreshing springs of life and vigor in the hills of God nearby.
Thank you, Dr. Stockdale, for your very special book. I am so thankful I found it today. It was incredibly appropriate and an amazing gift.