At a meeting of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Bobby Richardson, former New York
Yankee second baseman, offered a prayer that is a classic in brevity and poignancy:
"Dear God, Your will, nothing more, nothing less, nothing else. Amen."
"Bestow upon me, O Lord my God, understanding to know thee, diligence to seek thee, wisdom to find thee, and a
faithfulness that may finally embrace thee."
Be Thou within me, to strengthen me;
Without me, to keep me;
Above me, to protect me;
Beneath me, to uphold me;
Before me, to direct me;
Behind me, to keep me from straying;
Round about me, to defend me.
Blessed be Thou, O Lord, our Father,
for ever and ever.
A bishop in the Church of England, Andrewes served as royal chaplain to Queen Elizabeth I and later to Kings James I and
Charles I. He was fluent in 15 languages, and when the Hampton Court Conference convened in 1604, he was chosen as one of the
translators of the proposed new English Bible. When the King James Version was published in 1611, his contribution could be
seen in the Pentateuch and the historical books.
Lancelot Andrewes (1555 - 1626).
Lord, I renounce my desire for human praise, for the approval of my peers, the need for public recognition. I deliberately put
these aside today, content to hear you whisper, "Well done, my faithful servant." Amen
May the grace of Christ our Savior
And the Father's boundless love,
With the Holy Spirit's favor,
Rest upon us from above.
Thus may we abide in union
With each other and the Lord,
And possess, in sweet communion,
Joys which earth cannot afford.
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is
doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be
understood as to understand, to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive
it; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born to eternal
Francis of Assisi.
Make us choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be contented
with half truth when whole truth can be won. Endow us with courage that is born of loyalty
to all that is noble and worthy, that scorns to compromise with vice and injustice and
knows no fear when right and truth are in jeopardy.
Prayer said at West Point during