Natural prayers

In the long history of this column, I have never received so much positive and helpful correspondence as I did in response to the one (January 24) that incidentally mentioned how I had cherished but somehow lost David Head’s He Sent Leanness: A Book of Prayers for the Natural Man. When I wrote I thought that Head was Anglican. He is or was, it turns out, Methodist. I did not even remember his name, and he, poor person, was born too soon to stop saying “man” when he meant “person.” (But note below, he did sometimes refer to God as “parent.”)


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