Keep us, O God, from pettiness;

let us be large in thought,

in word, in deed.

Let us be done with fault-finding

and leave off self-seeking.


May we put away all pretense

and meet each other face to face

without self pity

and without prejudice.

May we never be hasty in judgment

and always generous.


Let us take time for all things;

make us grow calm, serene, gentle.

Teach us to put into action our better

impulses, straightforward

and unafraid.


Grant that we may realize

it is the little things

that create differences,

that in the big things in life

we are at one.


And may we strive to touch and to know

the great, common

human heart of us all,

and, O Lord God,

let us forget not, to be kind.


Mary Stewart

Colorado, 1904