August 12, 2021
A daily prayer from the New England Conference
The clergy and laity of the New England Conference are sharing a daily prayer based on the Revised Common Lectionary for the week.
You are welcome to use these in worship or in your own devotions.
As quoted in "Deep Is the Hunger" by Howard Thurman
I Need Thy Sense of Time
Always I have an underlying anxiety about things. Sometimes I am in a hurry to achieve my ends And am completely without patience. It is hard for me to realize That some growth is slow, That all processes are not swift. I cannot always discriminate Between what takes time to develop and what can be rushed, Because my sense of time is felled. I measure things in terms of happenings. O to understand the meaning of perspective
That I may do all things with a profound sense of leisure
I Need Thy Sense of Order
The confusion of the details of living Is sometimes overwhelming. The little things Keep getting in my way providing ready-made Excuses for failure to do and be What I know I ought to do and be. Much time is spent on things that are not very important While significant things are put into an insignificant place In my scheme of order. I must unscramble my affairs So that my life will become order. O God, I need thy sense of order.
I Need Thy Sense of the Future
Teach me to know that life is ever On the side of the future. Keep alive in me the forward look, the high hope, The onward surge. Let me not be frozen Either by the past or the present. Grant me, O Patient Father, thy sense of the future Without which all life would sicken and die.
Rev. Amy Alletzhauser, Londonderry United Methodist Church, NH; Granite District.