A Prayer for Today

O LORD, grant me to greet the coming day in peace.
Help me in all things to rely upon Thy holy will.
In every hour of the day reveal Thy will to me.
Bless my dealings with all who surround me.
Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul,
and with firm conviction that Thy will governs all.

In my deeds and words guide my thoughts and feelings.
In unforeseen events let me not forget that all are sent by Thee.

Teach me to act firmly and wisely,
without embittering and embarrassing others.
Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring.
Direct my will. Teach me to pray. Pray Thou Thyself in me. Amen.

– Filaret of Moscow

Winsome Words 9/27/11

“. . . for the pulpit is ever this earth’s foremost part; all the rest comes in its rear; the pulpit leads the world. From thence it is the storm of God’s quick wrath is first descried, and the bow must bear the earliest brunt. From thence it is the God of breezes fair or foul is first invoked for favorable winds. Yes, the world’s a ship on its passage out, and not a voyage complete; and the pulpit is its prow.”

— Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

Winsome Words 9/26/11

“With all of us, in the opinion which we form of those around us, we take unconsciously the opinion of others. A woman is handsome because the world says so. Music is charming to us because it charms others. We drink our wine with other men’s palates, and look at our pictures with other men’s eyes. ”  Anthony Trollope

I think Pat Buchanan has this essentially right

Here is the link to Buchanan’s article.

It is hard to overestimate the damage Bush’s presidency has done to the American dream and its place in the world. I, like Buchanan, am a conservative. But I do not own the post 9/11 strategy of Bush-Cheney. When it was time to think and slow down, the President amped up and committed us to wars that have virtually destroyed our economy and sense of moral high ground. It is virtually impossible to describe the misery that has arisen out of this strategy that has pushed our country to the brink.

I continue to believe there was a way to respond that was forceful, decent and determined without the massive and tectonic shifting of our political, economic and social plates that today continue to send quakes through our country and the world. In my mind this is worst than the Vietnam War and its aftermath, another war, by the way, that was an unnecessary, a war of choice, and a bad one at that.

There are times we take a hit. There will always be nut-jobs and whackos who can do damage. America’s instinct must not be to find the nearest target and destroy it. Patient goodness and restraint becoming our strength is the wiser path. It is the one Bush did not take. And man are we paying the price for it!!!