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Circa 2012. By Craig Smith
The message and music of The Vigil based on Matthew 6:9-13 is very simple and uncluttered. The writing of both the book and music began in the winter of 2009 during a prayer retreat while alone in a lodge located in the Buffalo River region of Arkansas. The Vigil became a project I felt I would not only enjoy writing, but would learn from in the process, and I have. The Vigil was chosen as the title because it describes a period of time set aside for intense prayer and spiritual watchfulness. The word is derived from the Middle English vigile, which means, “devotional watching”, and provides multi-layered imagery. I hope it becomes a tool encouraging those who hear to be more like Jesus. To live like him, love like him, and pray like him.