Daily Prayer Guide

October 10

The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ — Matt 22:39 NET

We cannot make bargains for blisses,
Nor catch them like fishes in nets;
And sometimes the thing our life misses
Helps more than the thing which it gets.
For good lieth not in pursuing,
Nor gaining of great nor small,
But just in the doing and doing
As we would be done by is all.
— Alice Gary.

True, it is most painful not to meet the kindness and affection you feel you have deserved, and have a right to expect from others; but it is a mistake to complain, for it is no use; you cannot extort friendship with a cocked pistol.
— Sydney Smith.


Lord God, help me to understand that true affection is not that which as it gives feels it merits return. May I avoid being selfish and stubborn; and with my affections give peace and joy. Amen.

Daily Prayer Guide - October 10

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