I thought this would make a pretty perfect Sunday’s post! Below are a few prayers I’ve rounded up – each with its own special beauty.
”Heavenly Father, give us serenity to accept what cannotbe changed, courage to change what should be changed and wisdom to know one from the other.” (This prayer’s author is often said to be “Unknown,” but the prayer was written by Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr, a professor of Applied Chrisianity in New York City. It was first published in 1935 as part of a pamphlet.)
“I shall be true – for there are those that trust me.” ~Chinese prayer
“Lord, make me an instrument of Thy Peace. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy.
“O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi
“This is the day which the Lord hath made: Let us rejoice therein.” ~Psalms 117
“O God, thou hast given so much to us, give one thing more – a grateful heart. Amen.” ~George Herbert
For more on prayer, see “Praying With Power and Purpose”