“O Lord, help me understand my mortality and the brevity of life! Let me realize how quickly my life will pass! — Ps 39:4 NET
As the winged arrow flies
Speedily the mark to find;
As the lightning from the skies
Darts and leaves no trace behind;
Swiftly thus our fleeting days
Bear us down life’s rapid stream;
Upward, Lord, our spirits raise;
All below is but a dream.
— John Newton.
O gentlemen! the time is short;
To spend that shortness basely were too long,
If life did ride upon a dial’s point,
Still ending at the arrival of an hour.
— William Shakespeare.
Lord, forbid that I should overcast my life with intentions, and neglect to put in the deeds. May I not be satisfied to spend my days in being merely occupied, but live to learn and work. May I not be dismayed over what I might have been, but with all my might do what I can now. Amen.
Daily Prayer Guide - July 24
Public domain content taken from Leaves of Life by Margaret Bird Steinmetz.