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“Change my weakness into power . . .

Charlie Wingard

Charlie Wingard

Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary Jackson and Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Yazoo City, Mississippi

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A leader among French Protestants, Antoine de Chandieu (1534-1591) fled to Geneva after the bloodshed of St. Bartholomew’s Day and was added to the Company of Pastors.

One of his prayers:

“O God, you who are powerful and awesome, you who are always the same, look thus upon my captivity. Change my weakness into power, my fear into joy and confidence, my servitude into freedom.”

– from Scott M. Manetsch, Calvin’s Company of Pastors: Pastoral Care and the Emerging Reformed Church, 1536-1609 (Oxford: 2013), 58.

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