A Prayer from the Scottish Bard 25th January, 2013Posted by Scotty in Art.
Today would be Rabbie Burns’ 217th birthday. This is the day Scotland remembers and celebrates life and work of Robert Burns (a very likely ancestor of mine, since he’s an Ayrshire lad too!)! All across the nation this week people will be hosting Burns’ Suppers (check out the wiki entry for what that entails!).
Back in my young school days we would memorise and recite his poetry. I think I was 10 when I learned To a Louse by Robert Burns, and there is part of a verse that has stuck with me all this time:
O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
An’ foolish notion
O would some Power the Holy Spirit give us
To see ourselves as others see us!
It would from many a blunder free us,
And foolish notion
What a profound thought. (And don’t you love it that an Old Scots church-word for Holy Spirit is the Giftie–the One who Gives Gifts). May God-given insight, poured into our lives, keep us from many a blunder!