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O God, grant that I may practice such temperance
in meat, drink, and sleep, and all bodily enjoyments,
as may fit me for the duties to which thou shalt call me.
And by thy blessing procure me
freedom of thought and quietness of mind,
that I may serve thee in this short and frail life,
that I may be received by thee at my death to everlasting happiness.
Take not, O Lord, thy Holy Spirit from me,
deliver me not up to vain fears,
but have mercy on me.
Samuel Johnson, 1709 – 1784, English author
But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit