To Your Quiet Harbor

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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 the strength and the courage to choose the right course, even when the sea is rough and the waves are high, knowing that through enduring hardship and danger in your name we shall find comfort and peace.

(Basil of Caesarea 330-379)


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I Sometimes Wander

Lord, I sometimes wander away from you. But this is not because I am deliberately turning my back on you. It is because of the inconstancy of my mind.

I weaken in my intention to give my whole soul to you. I fall back into thinking of myself as my own master.

But when I wander from you, my life becomes a burden, and within me I find nothing but darkness and wretchedness, fear and anxiety.

So I come back to you, and confess that I have sinned against you. And I know you will forgive me.

(Aelred of Rievaulx)
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