Lord, make my spoken words be few —
and wholesome! By them change and save
one life — or many — of pagan or Jew,
of worldly or pious, of noble or knave.
Lord, make me bite my tongue when the mind
would spew out garbage thoughtlessly —
and loosen it freely when I find
an act to praise — or on my knee.
Lord, make me a child whose words and actions
agree — who follows what he speaks —
who’s guided by love, not heated passions —
who’s strong in faith, but in wrath is weak.
Lord, make your Name my lips’ best praise —
your glory my charm and disposition —
your mercy and grace my constant phrase —
your love my joyous, eternal mission.
Based on a prayer by Thomas a Kempis
What a day brings forth, who can tell?
So let me live as it were my last,
Indeed, might toll the grieving bell
Before this sun is gone and past.
Cause me now to live this day,
As I shall wish at the end I’d done;
When comes my time to steal away,
Let my regrets be few — or none! Continue reading
Heavenly Father, fill my heart, so that nothing else may occupy that space. Take complete control, O God, of my being.
Keep me from divided loyalties. Let no interest, passion, love, or addiction pull parts of me away. I put all of my life under your sovereignty.
Let love of words not keep me from the reality of you. Continue reading
Make me true, O God, inside and out,
With a single eye, and undiluted light,
An undivided heart, where grows no doubt,
A joyful walk by faith, and not by sight. Continue reading
Our heavenly Father, make our actions as quick as our words. Let us speak little and act with integrity.
Let us put away excuses and accept responsibility for our lives. Wake us to the consequences of our actions.
Help us choose those behaviors that show the earnestness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.