The Necessities of Friendship from A Barclay Prayer Book
Keep us, O God, from all the things which make friendship impossible.
Keep us from
The sarcastic tongue;
The critical eye;
The ears which love malicious gossip;
The mind which thinks the worst;
The heart whose only love is self-love.
Give us the things which enable friendship to flourish.
The ability to bear one another’s burdens and to forgive one another’s faults;
The sympathetic, the unselfish and the understanding heart;
The temper and the tongue which are always under control;
The determination to treat others as we would have them treat us;
The tolerance which can always see the pint of view of others.
Help us to live remembering that in you we live and move and have our being,
and that life is always in your sight.
Today I am making this prayer mine as I thank God for the friends He has given me, and as I ask Him to give me the grace I need to be a good friend to them.