A Canoeist’s Prayer

Each year I accompany our youth group on a trek involving hiking, or a canoe trip.

This year we were blessed again with traveling along the Flambeau Flowage in Northern Wisconsin.

Our devotional theme this year was on the theme of prayer. As I prepared the devotionals I decided to search online for a canoeist’s prayer….if there was such a thing. I was unsuccessful in the search and

set about to write one of my own. I offer it to you below. For those who have been on a multi-day canoe trip,

I think it will resonate with you. To God’s glory and honor.

This prayer has been recently posted on the website “Canoeists 4 Christ” by Jan Vink.  If you like paddling, you’ll like Jan’s website.

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Blessed be your name, Jehovah, our Father and our God. We acknowledge that you are the maker and sustainer of life and all creation. All streams flow and find their path by your holy purpose.

It was your finger which laid aside boulders and formed the bed of the streams and lakes upon which our crafts travel. Our oars stir the waters of your making. Each dip of our paddle reminds us that we are given freedom to pace our journey and set our course. We ask that you guide us in the stream which leads to your purposes.

Grant us safety and skill as we travel. Remind us of our fellow voyageurs and teach us to contribute to their success. Make our journey a fellowship of joy and sharing and wonder.

We humbly commit to care for the natural wonders we will behold. May we be good stewards of all You have placed in our trust.

We bid you to steady our boat with your hand. In sunshine, may we travel with joy and thanksgiving. In storms and wind may we travel in hope and assurance of Your constant presence.

In dark of evening may we warm by the glowing embers of a campfire’s glow. Beholding amber flames, may we be reminded of the constant and warm love you have extended to your people.

Through the night, protect and refresh us in sleep. May our last thoughts before slumber be upon Your greatness and the surety of Your promises.

When the distant shore of our destination is in view, may we know that we journeyed with You as our captain and guide. Bring us home through the streams of Your mercy and Your grace.

In Jesus, Your Son, Amen.

About Gary Cleveland

An old chunk of coal waiting to become a diamond some day. I spend the bulk of my time focused on spiritual development. I teach, preach and stand by the hurting and wounded. I believe our heavenly Father offers us daily opportunities to discover who we are and what we can yet become. I serve as a bringer of good news in and around the city of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
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