Prayer Guide

But he knows the pathway that I take; if he tested me, I would come forth like gold.

[Job 23:10 NET]

Self-love but serves the virtuous mind to wake

As the small pebble stirs the peaceful lake;

The center moved, a circle straight succeeds,

Another still, and still another spreads;

Friend, parent, neighbor, first it will embrace,

Its country next, and next, the human race.

~ Alexander Pope ~

A gentleman is one who understands and shows every mark of deference to the claim of self-love in others, and exacts it in return from them.

~ William Hazlitt ~

Lord God,

Teach me how secret actions make or destroy my life. Show me the deep lines made by sorrow and discontent that cannot be effaced. May I look toward the corrections of life and not on my imperfections, that my life may be a helpful influence.

Amen.

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