By Gary D. Schmidt, Elizabeth Stickney, Gary Schmidt

Acceptable Words deals prayers that correspond with every one degree of the writer's paintings — from discovering thought to penning the 1st phrases to "offering it to God" at crowning glory. Gary Schmidt and Elizabeth Stickney, skilled writers themselves, introduce each one bankruptcy of prayers with pithy pastoral reflections that would motivate writers of their craft.

This welcome religious source for writers contains either historical and modern poems and prayers — a few of that have been written particularly for this quantity. A considerate reward for any author, Acceptable Words will accompany writers on their religious trip, lending phrases of compliment and petition in particular crafted to fit their certain vocation.

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Such poor invention burns in their low mind Whose fire is wild, and doth not upward go To praise, and on thee, Lord, some ink bestow. Open the bones, and you shall nothing find In the best face but filth; when Lord, in thee The beauty lies in the discovery. George Herbert Gracious Lord, grant that our work being done, and the books crost in the time of our healths, we may be comforted when we come to dye, and to resign our souls into the hands of a faithfull Creator and gracious redeemer. . Lord, what particulars we pray for, we know not, we dare not, we humbly tender a blank into the hands of almighty God; write therein, Lord, what thou wilt, where thou wilt, by whom thou wilt, only in thine own time work out thine own honour and glory.

Let my thoughts be always on You, And let me see You in all things. May Your Spirit quicken my soul, Which is so often listless and lethargic. Let my soul be awake to Your presence, And let me know You in all things. May Your Spirit melt my heart, Which is so often cold and indifferent. Let my heart be warmed by Your love, And let me feel You in all things. Johann Freylinghausen Enable me, O God, to collect and compose my thoughts before an immediate approach to you in prayer. May I be careful to have my mind in order when I take upon myself the honour to speak to the Sovereign Lord of the universe, remembering that upon the temper of my soul depends, in very great measure, my success.

After a couple of hours, you’re looking at only a meager couple of paragraphs. After lunch you decide to take a walk with the border collies under the pale autumn sun. When you return to your desk, your morning’s effort looks insubstantial and shabby. Or pretentious and pointless. Unpolished and amateur. All of the above. You start to throw it away — and then stop. It’s all you have, after all. It’s something. Best to save it. You start again. If you were a writer in ancient Greece or Rome you would know the exact nature of your problem: you neglected to call down the power of the Muse.

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