The Prayer Hunter

My favourite tv series is (sorry) Salvage Hunters. It features Drew Pritchard and his friend Tee. They travel the country ion their white van buying odd antiques and vintage items. It is oddly seductive. I quite like the idea of travelling the country and buying antiques. It is the quest that I like and the great sense of fun involved.
I have become the Prayer Hunter. I love unearthing ancient Christian prayers and blowing the dust from them. There are so many and often they have been unloved and unknown for years. I have just taken delivery of an obscure old (1908) book called Prayers of the Early Church. It is packed with gems and the obscurity of the prayers only adds to their appeal. What follows is a lovely prayer written in the fourth century by St Augustine. It is exceptionally personal and feels as though it was written only yesterday. We all feel the need to banish the darkness.
O Holy Spirit, Love of God, infuse Thy grace, and descend plentifully into my heart; enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling, and scatter there Thy cheerful beams…water that barren soil that longs to be Thy temple…