Teach me, my Lord, to be sweet and gentle
In all the events of life-
in the thoughtlessness of others,
in the insincerity of those I trusted,
in the unfaithfulness of those on whom I relied.
Let me put myself aside,
to think of the happiness of others,
to hide my little pains and heartaches,
so that I may be the only one to suffer from them.
Teach me to profit by the suffering that comes across my path.
Let me so use it that is may mellow me, not harden nor embitter me;
That it may make me patient, not irritable. That is may make me broad in
My forgiveness, not narrow, haughty and overbearing.
May no one be less good for having come within my influence. No one less pure,
Less true, less kind, less noble for having been a fellow-traveler in our journey
Toward ETERNAL LIFE.
As I go my rounds from one distraction to another, let me whisper from time to time,
A word of love to Thee. May my life be lived in the super-natural, full of power for
Good, and strong in its purpose of sanctity.
Dear Jesus, help me to spread your fragrance everywhere.
Flood my soul with Your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being
so completely that my life may be
only a radiance of Yours.
Shine through me
and be so in me
that every soul I come in contact with
may feel Your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me, but only JESUS.
‐‐The Father Gilbert Prayer Book © 1965