Sunday, June 12, 2005

Brothers and Sisters,

Love is patient and kind,

    O God, help us to be patient with people,

    even when they are foolish and annoying;

    and help us to be as kind to others

    as we would wish them to be to us.


Love is not jealous or boastful.

    O God, help us never to grudge other people

    their possessions or successes,

    and keep us from all pride and conceit,

    that we may never boast of what we are,

    or have, or have achieved.


Love is not arrogant or rude.

    O God, make us at all times courteous,

    and no matter who the other person is,

    help us never to look on anyone with contempt.


Love does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.

    O God, help us never to find pleasure in any wrong thing,

    but to find happiness only in doing the right,

    and in helping others to do it.


Love bears all things.

    O God, help us to bear insults and slights,

    and never to grow bitter.


Love believes all things.

    O God, help us never to lose faith

    in you or in one another.


Love hopes all things.

    O God, help us never to despair,

    however dark and difficult and discouraging life may be.


Love endures all things.

    O God, help us to stick it out the end,

    and never to give in.


Love never ends. For faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

    O God you are love;

    help us to show your love to others each day of our lives.

    This we ask for your love's sake.


(From William Barcaly's Epilogues and Prayers.)

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