I was reading some essays by Scott Cairns recently, and came across this 4th century prayer from Saint Ephraim.
Lord and Master of my life, grant not unto me the spirit of idleness, of discouragement, of lust for power, and of vain speaking.
Grant, rather, unto me, thy servant, the spirit of chastity, of meekness, of patience, and of love.
Yea, O Lord and King, grant that I may perceive my own transgressions, and judge not my brother, for blessed are you, unto all ages. Amen.
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Nice and true–especially that patience embedded in a lack of idleness stuff!
Yeah, that’s one of the trickier bits. Being patient while still being productive. I’m better at being patient by just sitting around. That’s still patience, right???