Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 14p

O divine Love who ceaselessly stands knocking outside the closed doors of the souls of people, will you not now give me grace to throw open all my soul's doors? Tonight let every bolt and bar be drawn that has previously robbed my life of air and light and love.

Give me an open ear, O God, that I may hear your voice calling me to do my utmost. Too often have I been deaf to the appeals you have spoken to me, but now give me courage to answer, Here am I, send me. And when any one of your children cries out in need, give me an open ear to hear in that cry your call to service.

Give me an open mind, O God, a mind ready to re¬ceive and to welcome such new light of knowledge as it is your will to reveal to me. Do not ever allow the past to be so dear to me that I set a limit to the future.

Give me courage to change my mind, when that is needed. Let me be tolerant to the thoughts of others and hospitable to such light as may come to me through them.

Give me open eyes, O God, eyes quick to perceive your indwelling in the world which you have made. Let all lovely things fill me with gladness and let them remind me of your everlasting loveliness. Forgive all my past blindness to the grandeur and glory of na¬ture, to the charm of little children, to the beauty of human story, and to all the suggestions of your presence which these things contain.

Give me open hands, O God, hands ready to share with all who are in want the blessings with which you have enriched my life. Deliver me from all callousness and miserliness. Let me hold my money in stewardship and all my worldly goods in trust for you; to whom now be all honor and glory. Amen.

Paraphrase of A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie ©1949 Charles Scribner's Sons