heavenly wisdom


 Give me, Lord, heavenly wisdom,
   that I may learn to seek you above all things
   and to find you.
Help me desire you above all things.
May I love you.
Grant me, according to your wisdom,
   to accurately understand things as they truly are.
Help me to wisely avoid the flatterer
   and patiently to bear with the one who opposes me.
It is great wisdom,
   not to be carried by every wind of words,
   nor to give ear to the wicked flattering seductress.
With this mindset, we go safely on
   in your way, Lord.

Thomas à Kempis, 1379-1471, German monk


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.


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