PS 23: 1-3A, 3B4, 5, 6
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me in right paths
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side.
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance wherever I go.
Flood my soul with Your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly, that my life may only be a radiance of Yours.
Shine through me, and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus!
Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine, so to shine as to be a light to others.
The light, O Jesus, will be all from You; none of it will be mine.
It will be you, shining on others through me.
Let me thus praise You the way You love best, by shining on those around me.
Let me preach You without preaching, not by words but by my example, by the catching force of the sympathetic influence of what I do,
the evident fullness of the love my heart bears to You.
THE SMALLEST PRAYER
God hears the very smallest prayer
Nor sends a cross too great to bear
And though we stumble now and then
He always picks us up again.
There is no moment day or night
When we are hidden from His sight
No wall too high nor door too stout
To keep His loving care without.
His ways are wiser than our own
His strength remains when ours is gone
We must not doubt nor question why
He sends the answers by and by.
And this I know within my heart
All darkness fades and shadows part
And that sometime, somehow, somewhere
God hears and answers every prayer.
Grace E. Easley - Salesianmissions.org