prayer of the day

“I would be true for there are those who trust me,
I would be pure for there are those who care,
I would be brave for there is much to suffer,
I would be strong for there is much to dare,
I would be a friend of all, the foe and friendless,
I would be giving and forget the gift,
I would be humble for I know my weakness,
I would look up and laugh and live.”

(unknown author, World Prayers archive)

“I would be true, for there are those who trust me;
I would be pure, for there are those who care;
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare.

I would be friend of all–the foe, the friendless;
I would be giving, and forget the gift;
I would be humble, for I know my weakness;
I would look up, and laugh, and love and lift.
I would look up, and laugh, and love and lift.

I would be faithful through each passing moment;
I would be constantly in touch with God;
I would be strong to follow where He leads me;
I would have faith to keep the path Christ trod;
I would have faith to keep the path Christ trod.”

(the Howard Arnold Walter remix, 1906, same archive)