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The real pessimist is not the man who calls out when he thinks things are going wrong, but he who says, “Going wrong? Of course, they are !" then shrugs his shoulders and does nothing.
'Tis easy to look o'er your neighbors' fence
Things should be so."
And see the crooked row.
“'Tis thus that things should be.”
MAUD LALITA JOHNSON.
Our Heavenly Father, we thank Thee that we may come to Thee with all our problems. In times of adversity and sorrow, may we realize that beyond all clouds the sun is still shining and that Thy sustaining power is sufficient for all the needs of the darkest day. Dear Lord, we ask for aid to overcome the temptation to point out the errors and weaknesses of others and criticize their work. Teach us to remember that all our fellow-beings are also Thy children and should have from us the same consideration as we expect for ourselves. For this day we ask that we may have grace given us to forgive others as we hope to be forgiven ourselves, that we may be of service to some one needing aid and that we may render such service as a privilege with cheerful hearts. Amen.
ADELAIDE N. ABBOTT.
It doesn't matter much about your name,
And nobody cares for your gold;
Or the places that you've declined;
Or the people with whom you've dined.
And it's merely an item, the creed you cite,
clothes are of small account;
In quality or amount.
To ask and to know about you,
Almighty God, we humbly desire to thank Thee for ill the mercies we enjoy. We desire to live aright in Thy sight. We would not be slothful servants. Above all else, we desire to know Thy will. How wouldst Thou have us to live? What wouldst Thou have us
We would make the tabernacle according to the pattern which only Thou canst show us. And whatever the task, wherever the place, we know Thou wilt sanctify the way of life for us, and give us to know the joy of Thy presence, the gladness of working with Thee. Amen.
This day I have great peace.
Fannie STEARNS Davis.
The Kingdom of Heaven is within, not without; never for us in another's mind, never to be seen through another's vision. The utmost that sage or seer can do is to lead us to ourselves; to be the clear pool wherein we shall behold our own true image, that seeing we may go on our way rejoicing, henceforth to see with our own eyes and to walk with our own feet.
STANTON Davis KIRKHAM.
Father, teach me Thyself,
And teach me myself.
For Thy fellowships, loving, sweet,
Amen. CLYDE F. ARMITAGE.
Somebody said that it couldn't be done
But he with a chuckle replied
Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried.
On his face. If he worried, he hid it.
That couldn't be done and he did it!
Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you'll never do that
At least, no one ever has done it;'
And the first thing we knew he'd begun it.
Without any doubting or quiddit,
EDGAR A. Guest.
All-Father, whose will and wisdom is in all things, grant that the truth our minds apprehend, our souls may make their own. May we realize Thy eternal strength in our hearts and overcome the opportunity of adversity and the providence of difficulty. Let ours be the assurance that failure is alone for him who fails to do what duty demands. In cheerfulness of soul we would meet whate'er the day may bring and the night reveal, and in battling with the foe turn him into a friend, and struggling with hard duty transform the same into a blessed privilege. Amen.
GEORGE R. GEBAUER.
Do something for somebody, somewhere
While jogging along life's road;
And lighter will grow your load.
'Twill sweeten your every care;
Your own are less hard to bear.
To help where the way seems long;
Cheer up with a little song.
J. S. CUTLER.
With the growing light of the new day, we beseech thee, O Lord, to renew and increase our love for our brothers and our understanding of their temptations, their burdens and their sorrows. Quicken our imaginations so that, forgetting ourselves, we may enter into their experiences and know how to minister wisely to their needs. May our own lives be quiet and strong, so conscious of Thy presence and so full of joy that we may bring to all whose lives we touch, power and confidence. May the light of the knowledge of God illumine our faces, and may our ministry to others bring to us peace and lighten our own burdens. Amen.
MURRAY SHIPLEY HOWLAND.