July 27, 2017

The Prayer of the Optina Elders

Grant unto me, O Lord, that with peace of mind I may face all that this new day is to bring.
Grant unto me to dedicate myself completely to Thy Holy Will.
For every hour of this day, instruct and support me in all things.
Whatsoever tidings I may receive during the day, do Thou teach me to accept tranquilly, in the firm conviction that all eventualities fulfill Thy Holy Will.
Govern Thou my thoughts and feelings in all I do and say.
When things unforeseen occur , let me not forget that all cometh down from Thee.
Teach me to behave sincerely and rationally toward every member of my family, that I may bring confusion and sorrow to none.
Bestow upon me, my Lord, strength to endure the fatigue of the day, and to bear my part in all its passing events.
Guide Thou my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to suffer, to forgive, and to love.

July 25, 2017

The Precious Gift

It is a gift so precious.
Worth more than pearls or gold.
It's value never changes.
Whether it is young or old.

It begins at it's creation.
But it never has an end.
It is common for everyone,
yet unique and can ascend.

Despite rank or positions,
that one may possess,
your spirit, soul and life
make you one and you are blessed.

July 11, 2017

Not By My Grit

With grit and determination, 
I struggled for my salvation. 
My failure drove me to quit. 
But Jesus obtained it.


July 5, 2017

Humble Lesson

I confess,
and have contrition. 
I’ve not been, 
in submission.

I’ve tried to do things,
with my own hands. 
By my strength,
I’ve worked to stand.

Thus I earned,
what I could not afford. 
Better to wait, 
on the Lord.

Who planned success,
before I began.
Who sought,
to raise, 
a humble man.