As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.
Dear God who loves all people,
we are grateful for eyes that see
and ears that hear the needs and cries of humanity –
of fellow Americans and of people in distant lands
who live in terror of violence, war and natural disaster.
Let us not be discouraged by doomsayers,
nor be frustrated by seeming futility,
or put down by powers and policies,
or overcome by weariness and waywardness.
Give us wisdom and compassion in our work,
until faith and hope and love prevail
in our land and throughout the world.
-Mary Ruth Crook (offered by Larry Highfill at a Wisdom Circle)