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Shine Thou Upon Us, Lord: a prayer and hymn for moms

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Recently at church we sang the lovely hymn “Shine Thou Upon Us, Lord” by John Ellerton. If you are looking for an aid to prayer or devotion, may I commend this hymn to your study? Although not originally written as such, I feel like it could be appropriately titled “The Mother’s Prayer.”

“Shine Thou Upon Us, Lord”
by John Ellerton

Shine thou upon us, Lord,
True Light of men, today,
And through the written Word
Thy very self display,
That so from hearts which burn
with gazing on thy face
Thy little ones may learn
the wonders of thy grace.

Breathe thou upon us, Lord,
Thy Spirit’s living flame,
That so with one accord
Our lips may tell thy Name.
Give thou the hearing ear,
Fix thou the wand’ring thought,
that those we teach may hear
the great things thou hast wrought.

Speak thou for us, O Lord,
In all we say of thee;
According to thy Word
Let all our teaching be,
That so thy lambs may know
Their own true Shepherd’s voice,
Where’er he leads them go,
And in his love rejoice.

Live thou within us, Lord;
Thy mind and will be ours;
Be thou belov’d, adored,
and served with all our pow’rs,
that so our lives may teach
Thy children what thou art,
And plead, by more than speech,
For thee with ev’ry heart.

If this hymn speaks to your heart, you may also enjoy:
Homeschool is Not a Vending Machine
They Also Serve Who Stand and Wait
Humility and Doxology in Identity

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painting: Landscape with Sheep, Picardy; Harry Thompson


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Amy Sloan and her husband, John, are second-generation homeschoolers by grace alone to 5 children ages 4, 7, 9, 12, and 14. Their educational philosophy is one of humility and doxology, and follows primarily a classical approach. Amy loves coffee, and starts getting nervous if the stack of to-be-read library books beside her bed is less than 2 feet tall. Get her started on Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Homer, or Hamilton the Musical and it might be hard to get her to stop. Mostly, though, she gets really excited about the Gospel. The Sloan family adventures in North Carolina.

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