Almighty God, in whom we live and move and have our being, you have made us for yourself, so that our hearts are restless till they rest in you; grant us purity of heart and strength of purpose, that no passion may hinder us from knowing your will, no weakness from doing it; but in […]
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Steer the ship of my life, good Lord, to your quiet harbor, where I can be safe from the storms of sin and conflict. Show me the course I should take. Renew in me the gift of discernment, so that I can always see the right direction in which I should go. And give me […]
Polycarp was an early Christian leader and martyr. Irenaeus tells us that Polycarp was a student of the apostle John. He was an elder at the church in Smyrna. The following prayer was included in a letter he wrote to the church at Phillipi. Now may the God and Father of our Lord Jesus […]
Good God, may we confess your name to the end. May we emerge unsullied and glorious from the traps and dark powers of this world. As you have bound us together in love and peace, and as, together, we have persevered through times of hardship, may we also rejoice together in your heavenly kingdom.
The Letter to Diognetus is one of my favorite early Christian writings. It was written sometime between the 2nd and 3rd century. It depicts what pure Christianity looked liked then, and what we should strive for today. Here is my favorite part of the letter. I hope it encourages you just as it has encouraged […]