Will you accept the genealogical challenge?

8 December 2013

Regular readers of the Family Wise blog may well remember the Christmas letter to FC blog post on 17 November. I am still hopeful that FC can oblige, particularly on delivery of books ‘Down Under’ as I found out today that just to send a calendar to Australia costs nearly £5, so heaven knows what the postage would be for leaflets and books!

Not being religious in any way, shape or form, prayers are not something I normally search for. However, today I heard about ‘A Genealogist’s Prayer’ by Curtis Woods and could not resist the urge to search the Internet and find out more.

Lord, help me dig into the past
And shift the sands of time
That I might find the roots that made
This family tree of mine

Lord, help me trace the ancient roads
On which my fathers trod
And led them through so many lands
To find our present sod.

Lord, help me find an ancient book
Or dusty manuscript
That’s safely hidden now away
In some forgotten crypt;

Lord, let it bridge the gaps that haunts
My soul when I can’t find
The missing link between some name
That ends the same as mine.

OK – not bad and one of the few prayers around…. but surely, we can do better, can’t we? So, here is your challenge for the week: can you come up with an entire poem, a verse, a song or similar based on the ‘Genealogist’s Prayer’ theme? Please post your responses in the comments section of this blog. I look forward to seeing all your ideas….

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