A Prayer by Mary Stewart


Keep us, O God, from pettiness;

let us be large in thought, in word, in deed.

Let us be done with faultfinding

and leave off self-seeking.

May we put away all pretenses

and meet each other, face to face,

without self-pity and without prejudice.

May we never be hasty in judgment

and always generous.

Let us take time for all things;

make us to grow calm, serene, gentle.

Teach us to put in action our better impulses

-straightforward and unafraid.

Grant that we may realize it is

the little things of life that create difficulties;

that in the big things of life we are as one.

Oh, Lord, let us not forget to be kind.



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