Daily Prayer Guide

May 16

Preach the message, be ready whether it is convenient or not, reprove, rebuke, exhort with complete patience and instruction. — 2 Tim 4:2 NET

Favored of Heaven! O Genius! are they thine,
When round thy brow the wreaths of glory shine;
While rapture gazes on thy radiant way,
’Midst the bright realms of clear mental day?
No! sacred joys! ’tis yours to dwell enshrined,
Most fondly cherished, in the purest mind.
— Felicia Hemans.

Genius is intensity.
— Honore Balzac.

But what if I fail of my purpose here?
It is but to keep the nerves at strain,
To dry one’s eyes and laugh at a fall,
And, baffled, get up and begin again—
So the chase takes up one’s life, that’s all.
— Robert Browning.


My Lord, my life makes me conscious of weakness, and my memory brings regret; forgive me for the lost strength I neglected to develop. In thy compassion encourage me to be more watchful of my power, that I may usefully increase it, and not willfully deplete it. May I learn the need of constancy in well-doing. Amen.

Daily Prayer Guide - May 16

Public domain content taken from Leaves of Life by Margaret Bird Steinmetz.