“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.” ~Edward P. Morgan
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 cannot be 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 118:24
“O God, thou hast given so much to us, give one thing more – a grateful heart. Amen.” – George Herbert
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other.” ~Harriet Tubman