From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Friday, July 14, 2006

A Prayer For Today

Christian and Lutheran Life... History and Old Stuff...



Today I found this newspaper clipping in an old cookbook that I bought recently. On behalf of the lady who clipped it, I'm sharing it here. The yellowed, brittle bit of newsprint doesn't include any indication of when or where it was published or whom the author was.

Lord, pity all discouraged hearts today.
Give them the sweet assurance of your help along the way.
Make plain the crooked paths and straight the roads.
Reach out your hand, dear Lord, and help them bear their heavy loads,
And some way let them feel that You are near.
You know how rough the earthly roads were, Lord, when you were here.
You know our hearts. You learned them through those days
When You were One among the throngs that pressed the old earth's ways.
Because You understand, I pray this prayer:

So many are discouraged; lead them out of their despair.
Give them the gift of laughter and of songs.
Put hope and gladness in their hearts, dear Lord, and make them strong.

Light beyond the hill

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CONTENTMENT: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry, live simply, expect little, give much, sing often, pray always, forget self, think of others and their feelings, fill your heart with love, scatter sunshine. These are the tried links in the golden chain of contentment.
(Author unknown)

IT IS STILL BEST to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasure; and to be cheerful and have courage when things go wrong.
(Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1867-1957)

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