Wednesday, September 23, 2015

"My whole hope and confidence"

Samuel Johnson died on December 13, 1784. He was given communion a few days before his death. This was his last recorded prayer:
Almighty and most merciful Father, I am now, as to human eyes it seems, about to commemorate for the last time, the death of Thy Son JESUS CHRIST, our Saviour and Redeemer. Grant, O LORD, that my whole hope and confidence may be in His merits, and Thy mercy; enforce and accept my imperfect repentance; make this commemoration available to the confirmation of my faith, the establishment of my hope, and the enlargement of my charity; and make the death of Thy Son JESUS CHRIST effectual to my redemption. Have mercy upon me, and pardon the multitude of my offences. Bless my friends; have mercy upon all men. Support me, by Thy Holy Spirit, in the days of weakness, and at the hour of death; and receive me, at my death, to everlasting happiness, for the sake of JESUS CHRIST. Amen. (Boswell, Life of Johnson)