The Gifts We Need {Barclay Quotable}

From William Barclay’s Prayer Book:

O God, give us the gifts which we need most of all.

Wisdom always to choose the right, and courage always to do it;

Strength to overcome temptation, and prudence ever to stay in the straight way;

Clear sight to see what to do, and perseverance never to give up trying to do it:

Grant us these things, O God.

Diligence in study, and fidelity in work;

Purity in pleasure, and delight in simple things;

Honor in every action, and truth in every word:

Grant us these things, O God.

Loyalty to our friends, and forgiveness to our enemies;

Sympathy for all in sorrow, help for all in need, understanding for those who have made mistakes;

Love for our fellow men and women, and love for you:

Grant us these, O God.


This Christmas may you find that the Giver of All Good Gifts has placed these under your tree. “Look how great a love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children. And we are!” (I John 3:1)

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