O God, keep us from the things which are bound to make life unhappy.
Keep us from the eyes which can always find some fault to see; the tongue which can always find something to grumble about; the heart which can always find some grudge and some bitterness to cherish.
Keep us from the perverseness which does not want anything it gets, and which always wants what it has not got; the ingratitude which does not even realize what it is getting; the attitude of mind which lives in resentment.
Give us the even temper which can take things as they come; the sense of humor which can always find some cause to smile; the gratitude which can always find something for which to be thankful; the cheerfulness which not all earth’s shadows and disappointments can extinguish.
Give us the spirit which can enjoy live, and which can help others enjoy it. ~William Barclay (from A Barclay Prayer Book)
Amen and Amen.
“The Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.” ~Numbers 6:25-26