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St. Anselm, Pattinattar,
`Abdu'l-Bahá, Celtic blessing, Armin Gesswein

Dear Readers,

As the sun is called to rise each day, so we are called daily to seek the Lord.
Arising like the sun, we lift our eyes, our minds and our hearts, that we might
love and serve our God. We know He will lead us on our journey, refreshing
our hearts, supplying us with abundance and protecting us. As we ask with
humble prayer, He will truly teach our hearts, each day of our lives.

- Lisa

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O Lord my God,
Teach my heart this day where and how to see you,
Where and how to find you.
You have made me and remade me,
And you have bestowed on me
All the good things I possess,
And still I do not know you.
I have not yet done that
For which I was made.
Teach me to seek you,
For I cannot seek you
Unless you teach me,
Or find you
Unless you show yourself to me.
Let me seek you in my desire,
Let me desire you in my seeking.
Let me find you by loving you,
Let me love you when I find you.

St. Anselm (c. 1033-1109)
Italian Benedictine monk; Archbishop of Canterbury


Let me not wander in vain.
Let me not labor in vain.
Let me not mingle with the prejudiced.
Let me not leave the company of the virtuous.
Let me not fly into anger.
Let me not stray off the path of goodness.
Let me not seek for this day or for the morrow.
Give me such a wealth, O Almighty!

Pattinattar (10th century)
Hindu poet from Southern India

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O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit.
Purify my heart. Illumine my powers.
I lay all my affairs in Thy hand.
Thou art my Guide and my Refuge.
I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved;
I will be a happy and joyful being.
O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety,
nor will I let trouble harass me.
I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.
O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself.
I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.

`Abdu'l-Bahá (1844-1892)
Son of the founder of the Bahá'í faith


Bless to me, O God, the earth beneath my feet,
Bless to me, O God, the path whereon I go,
Bless to me, O God, the people whom I meet,
Today, tonight and tomorrow.

Celtic Blessing

The Last Word:

Every need is a call to prayer.

Armin Gesswein
Pastor, Senior Advisor on America’s
National Prayer Committee





























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Do not be a harsh judge of yourself. Without kindness
toward ourselves we cannot love the world.

The Buddha (c. 563-c. 483 BC)


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