We have just recently re-discovered these three little prayer books in a box of books in the attic.
The one on the left is missing the first few pages so we don’t have a copyright date, but it definitely appears to be the oldest. It is obviously a book of prayers for children. But I find it surprising that the language definitely isn’t changed much if at all to make it easier for children to read. That makes me think that it really wasn’t meant to be read by children, but read to children so that they could memorize the prayers.
The red book was given to an unknown couple on their 50th wedding anniversary in approximately 1951. (That’s our guess because that is the copyright year.)
It is my favorite. It has prayers for every instance imaginable.
It includes this Christmas prayer that I think is lovely and we will probably use on Christmas day.
The blue book was a gift to Hubby from the Pastor when he was confirmed in 1959. I know that Hubby and his family dearly loved Pastor L, but its prayers tend to be long and kind of dry. I wonder if a simpler version might have had a better chance of actually being used by eighth graders!
We have started using prayers from the middle book during our bible studies. The wording used is so elegant and conveys the thoughts in such beautiful ways. They are a pleasure to read, pray and think on.
I think “Anna B.” who signed her name and wrote her congratulations in that little red book of prayers to give to a couple celebrating a long marriage, would probably be happy to know that it is being used all these years later.
What a special little treasure of books we’ve found. And especially in regard to the red book, we are using it regularly right now. And even though Hubby and I weren’t the ones who received it originally, it has definitely turned into a gift for us.