My Beautiful Grandmother
Nellie Morse Davis
1894 - 1984
I found a faded paper folded up neatly in my grandmother's Bible with underlines and side notes, most obviously typed on an old manual typewriter. At the bottom of the page, my grandmother wrote: From - Lift Up Your Hearts, by W. Russell Bowie. I did an internet search and the book was published in 1940. This meditation is indeed a treasure and I'm sure "Nannie" is happy that I'm sharing it.
Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Help me to believe this day that there is a power to lift me up which is stronger than all things that hold me down.
Hallowed be thy Name,
Help me to be sensitive to what is beautiful, and responsive to what is good, so that day by day I may grow more sure of the Holiness of life in which I want to trust.
Thy kingdom come,
Help me to be quick to see, and ready to encourage, whatever brings the better meaning of God into that which otherwise might be common ground of the uninspired day.
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven,
Help me to believe that the ideals of the spirit are not a far-off dream, but a power to command my loyalty and direct my life here on our real earth.
Give us this day our daily bread,
Open the way for us to earn an honest living without anxiety, but let us never forget the needs of others, and make us want only that benefit for ourselves which will also be their gain.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Make us patient and sympathetic with the shortcomings of others, especially of those we love, and keep us sternly watchful only of our own. Let us never grow hard with the unconscious cruelty of those who measure themselves by mean standards and so think they have excelled. Keep our eyes lifted to the highest; so that we may be humbled, and seeing the failures of others be forgiving, because we know how much there is of which we need to be forgiven.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
Let me not go carelessly this day within the reach of any evil I cannot resist ... but if, in the path of duty, I must go where temptation is, give me the strength of spirit to meet it without fear.
For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
And so in my heart may I carry the knowledge that Thy greatness is above me and around me and that Thy grace through Jesus Christ, my Master is sufficient for all my needs.