Christ, My Companion
Beloved of Christians worldwide, Saint Patrick was a fifth-century Christian missionary. Though more well-known for driving the snakes out of Ireland and using a shamrock to explain the Trinity???both of which likely never happened???Saint Patrick??'s best-known contribution to Christian literature...
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Beloved of Christians worldwide, Saint Patrick was a fifth-century Christian missionary. Though more well-known for driving the snakes out of Ireland and using a shamrock to explain the Trinity???both of which likely never happened???Saint Patrick??'s best-known contribution to Christian literature is an ancient prayer known as ???St. Patrick??'s Breastplate??? or ???St. Patrick??'s Prayer.??? This lyrical exploration of the Christian faith and the centrality of Christ has been used by Christians throughout the centuries as a way to remind them of the ways they interact with the divine. In Christ, My Companion, Marilyn Chandler McEntyre explores the well-known portion of this ancient prayer, inviting readers to consider its meaning for them today. Drawing upon biblical, personal, and literary sources, McEntyre engages readers in their own reflections on particular ways they have experienced the presence of Christ and the variety of ways we are drawn into divine encounters.
Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me,Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me.Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.Where can I flee from your presence?Christ promises to be with you always. Yet how often do you feel misunderstood, scared, and abandoned? In the much beloved "St. Patrick's Prayer," the patron saint of Ireland passionately invokes the ways Christ is present to us. Inspired by this litany, Marilyn Chandler McEntyre shares her contemporary reflections on St. Patrick's ancient, yet timeless, prayer. Her thirteen deeply devotional meditations take you on a journey through Christ's love for you. By the end, the poignant words of this prayer are sure to be etched in your heart forever--a comfort for times when you question where God really is. You will be left resting peacefully in the assurance of a divine embrace that will not let you go. "Christ, My Companion is a book of striking insight, gracious encouragement, and a deep confidence in the hope of the Christian life."--Leanne Van Dyk, dean and vice president of academic affairs, Western Theological Seminary"McEntyre offers her readers refreshing insight, grace-filled sentences worthy of memorization, and precious spiritual companionship."--Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger, professor of pastoral theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
Marilyn Chandler McEntyre is professor of English at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California. She has written dozens of articles and reviews in such journals as The Washington Post, Theology Today, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Christianity Today. She is also the author of Dwelling in the Text and A Healing Art: Regeneration through Autobiography.