A FATHER'S PRAYER
Create in me the heart your servant David longed for.
Place within me a desire for nothing
but to do your will and to sing your praise.
Grant me courage to be strong in times of trial,
patience to listen to your voice,
gentleness to care for the people you have given me to love,
and humility to seek forgiveness
when I am weakened by selfishness.
Love is patient, love is kind.
It is not jealous,
[love] is not pompous,
it is not inflated, it is not rude,
it does not seek its own interests,
it is not quick-tempered,
it does not brood over injury,
it does not rejoice over wrongdoings
but rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.
Love never fails.
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