O Lord, place a guard on my mouth! Protect the opening of my lips! — Ps 141:3 NET
Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of life…. Nay, in thy own mean perplexities, do thou thyself but hold thy tongue for one day; on the morrow how much clearer are thy purposes and duties!
— Thomas Carlyle.
Deliberate much before you say and do anything; for it will not be in your power to recall what is said or done.
My Lord, make me a lover of the truth. Make me careful of my thoughts, and the words I would speak, that I may not think selfishly and speak cruelly, but keep myself holy unto thee. Amen.
Daily Prayer Guide - March 23
Public domain content taken from Leaves of Life by Margaret Bird Steinmetz.