Acceptable Words. Prayers for the Writer by Gary D. Schmidt, Elizabeth Stickney, Gary Schmidt

By Gary D. Schmidt, Elizabeth Stickney, Gary Schmidt

Acceptable Words deals prayers that correspond with each one level of the writer's paintings — from discovering suggestion to penning the 1st phrases to "offering it to God" at final touch. Gary Schmidt and Elizabeth Stickney, skilled writers themselves, introduce each one bankruptcy of prayers with pithy pastoral reflections that might motivate writers of their craft.

This welcome religious source for writers contains either historic and modern poems and prayers — a few of that have been written specifically for this quantity. A considerate reward for any author, Acceptable Words will accompany writers on their non secular trip, lending phrases of compliment and petition in particular crafted to fit their distinct vocation.

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6 Respect, adore it heart and mind. How greatly sweet, how sweetly grand, Who reads the most, is most refin’d, And polish’d by the Master’s hand. Christopher Smart Master Your face is always just beyond like a light in snow. I cannot compare you, your hands, your face to anything. No symbol holds. Yet you are no moth in frailty. Your presence is flame and power. And you are more solid than earth, your hands more serviceable, more human than mine. Infinite gentleness, infinite power, I love you like a fainting lover, but my love poems are never enough.

Teach us to seek after truth, and enable us to gain it; but grant that we may ever speak the truth in love: — that, while we know earthly things, we may know Thee, and be known by Thee, through and in Thy Son Christ. Give us this day Thy Holy Spirit, that we may be Thine in body and spirit, in all our work and all our refreshments, through Jesus Christ Thy Son, Our Lord. Thomas Arnold My God, where is that ancient heat towards thee, Wherewith whole shoals of martyrs once did burn, Besides their other flames?

How can I focus my flickering, perceive at the fountain’s heart the sapphire I know is there? Denise Levertov Almighty God, in Whose hands are all the powers of man; Who givest understanding, and takest it away; Who, as it seemeth good unto Thee, enlightenest the thoughts of the simple, and darkenest the meditations of the wise, be present with me in my studies and enquiries. Grant, O Lord, that I may not lavish away the life which Thou hast given me on useless trifles, nor waste it in vain searches after things which Thou hast hidden from me.

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