God grant me this thing I ask
Help me to change the things I cannot accept;
Grant me courage to press ahead despite the darkness
and wisdom to know when to not give up.
Give me vision to see beyond this one day;
While savoring this single moment in time.
Refuse me the indulgence of self-pity,
of accepting hardships as some silly pathway to peace.
Rather show me how to be of help;
I may not be able to make all things right;
Even so, never let me be resigned to not trying.
Teach me to be a listening ear,
a helping hand,
a strong, unwavering voice.
For no matter what bitter disappointments
or severe injustices life may hold
Trusting in your goodness, God,
is the only way I know to be happy in this life
Or the next one.
- Karen Spears Zacharias, author, Mother of Rain