First Things First

I was planning to begin this morning with a recipe for something hot, sweet, and caffeinated. After further reflection I realized that a blog, like a day, probably ought to begin with a prayer. So here is a prayer short enough to fit in to the most hectic of mornings, even before coffee.

Prayer of the Optina Elders


O Lord, grant unto me that with Thy peace I may great all that this day is to bring. Grant unto me grace to surrender myself completely to Thy holy will. In every hour of this day, instruct and guide me as Thou wilt. When unforeseen things occur, let me not forget that all is sent by Thee. Teach me to behave sincerely and reasonably toward everyone, that I may bring confusion and sorrow to no one. Bestow on me, O Lord, strength to endure the fatigue of the day and to bear my part in its events. Guide Thou my will and teach me to believe, to hope, to suffer, to forgive, and to love. Amen.



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