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So much of our Christian life is about sharing and relationships with others. I’d like to share another Blue Ridge mountain thrift shop find, which now hangs in our North Carolina cabin. May you find it as inspirational as I did and still do! I wrongly assumed the author to be unknown, but in checking the Internet discovered that the author was Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots!

A Collect For Club Women

Keep us, oh 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 to 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 of life that create difficulties,

that in the big things of life we are as one.

And may we strive to touch and to know the great, common human heart of us all,

and, oh Lord God, let us not forget to be kind!

Amen

When I found this treasure, I thought it would be appropriate for any women’s group although garden clubs and church circles first came to mind. Dogwood blossoms adorn the print I have and always cause me to think of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for our sins. It reminds me to try to conform more to His image and less to the ways of the world. If every meeting began with this collect, I believe we would have more harmony and less discord. AMEN?