AN OLD ENGLISH PRAYER
Give us Lord a bit o’ sun
A bit o’ work and a bit o’ fun,
Give us in all the struggle and sputter,
Our daily bread and a bit o’ butter,
Give us health our keep to make
And a bit to spare for other’s sake.
Give us, too, a bit of song
And a tale and a book to help us along,
Give us Lord a chance to be
Out goodly best, brave, wise and free,
Out goodly best, for ourselves and others
‘Til all men learn to live as brothers.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“True evangelical faith cannot lie dormant: it clothes the naked; it feeds the hungry; it comforts the sorrowful; it shelters the destitute; it serves those that harm it; it binds up that which is wounded; it has become all things to all creatures.”
Menno Simons, Protestant Reformer, 16th century
“The person who looks for quick results in the seed- planting of well-doing will be disappointed. If I want potatoes for dinner tomorrow, it will do me little good to go out and plant potatoes in my garden tonight.
There are long stretches of darkness and invisibility and silence that separate planting and reaping. During the stretches of waiting, there is cultivating and weeding and nurturing and planting still other seeds.”