I like the take of the Givens in "All Things New," that the importance of Christ's shedding of his blood and the Atonement goes beyond just paying some price for sin in a business transaction. But it enables and encourages a healing from our sins.
Actually, the prayer reads "O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this water to the souls of all THOSE who drink of it," not SOULS."
Thank you for this Joni. I treasure our sacrament covenants, and the sacred reminder that the Lord certainly did shed his blood for me. However, I doubt if very many of us "take it for granted!"
I noticed that Bob must have read it wrong the first time when he added words not in the prayer. He said in reading the prayer that "to the souls of all the souls who drink of it". It should have been "to the souls of all those who drink of it." Just saying!
When reading the prayer the way he wrote it, I did not see what was left out. It wasn't until I recited it in my head, without reading it, that it became obvious. His point is well received.
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