Fr. Malcolm Boyd
1923 - 2015
An Episcopal priest of deep faith and just as deep social commitment. In 1965 his simple yet moving book of prayers, Are You Running With Me, Jesus? was radical and certainly outside the box of traditional Christian spirituality. His publisher, when issuing a 40th anniversary edition said:
In the middle of the turbulent 1960s Malcolm Boyd's Are You Running With Me, Jesus? appeared on the scene and broke the mold from which devotional texts had previously been made. Boyd's prayers engaged traditional Christian themes with a decidedly contemporary voice honest, direct, insightful while at the same time taking on issues of everyday concern: personal freedom, racial justice, sexuality. Billed by its original publisher as a collection of prayers for all of us today who are finding it harder and harder to pray, this landmark book has influenced generations of Christians and seekers.On his web site he is noted as:
- Bestseller author
- Gay Elder
- Episcopal Priest for 57 Years
- Civil Rights and Antiwar Activist; a “Freedom Rider” in 196l
Here are some quotes from Malcolm Boyd.
- By my definition, prayer is consciously hanging out with God. Being with God in a deliberate way.
- Entrenched scriptural literalism is, in my opinion, completely out of touch with reality.
- I find Jesus my confidant and companion, brother and savior; our relationship is intimate, vulnerable, demanding yet comfortable and reassuring.
Here's the title prayer of the book that changed many people's prayers:
It’s morning, Jesus. It's morning, and here's that light and sound all over again.
Where am I running?
You know these things I can't understand. It's not that I need to have you tell me.
What counts most is just that somebody knows, and it's you. That helps a lot.
So I'll follow along, okay? But lead, Lord. Now I've got to run.
Are you running with me, Jesus?
And finally, from the same book:
PRAYER OF REPENTANCERest in peace, Brother Malcolm. Rest in peace.
Take fire and burn away our guilt and our lying hypocrisies.
Take water and wash away our brothers' blood which we have caused to be shed.
Take hot sunlight and dry the tears of those we have hurt, and heal their wounded souls, minds, and bodies.
Take love and root it in our hearts, so that brotherhood may grow, transforming the dry desert of our prejudices and hatreds.