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Presbyterian Seminary is pleased to share W. Sibley Towner's Prayers that Sing & Stir the Heart

Study of the Torah
O God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob — for generations now, our ancestors in the faith have searched for your word in the words of the Torah:
Some squinting in the dim light of flickering lamps in the Judean caves;
Some standing in the cold of stone monasteries before books chained to their desks;
Some peering through thick lenses as they rocked and read before their ghetto shops;
Some in furtive glances at the book hidden above the bunk at Auschwitz.
O God, it is our turn now. Keep us faithful, we pray, to so great a heritage.
In the name of our Rabbi and Friend, Jesus of Nazareth.
AMEN.  W. Sibley Towner, Prayers that Sing & Stir the Heart, p. 14.
Professor "Sib” Towner was beloved for his thoughtful and focused prayers while teaching Biblical Interpretation at Union Presbyterian Seminary (formerly Union Theological Seminary) in Richmond, Virginia. His heart-felt petitions gathered mind and spirit in praise and rejoicing, lament and sorrow to the Divine Creator with poetic mastery.
Beginning on Ash Wednesday through Easter Day, Union Presbyterian Seminary is pleased to share one of these treasured prayers, every Monday and Wednesday, curated from his new publication, “Prayers that Sing & Stir the Heart.”  We hope these prayers sing to your own heart and stir longing inside of your soul as you journey along this season of reflection and contemplation. [Read More].




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