(After Reading Psalm 26)
by Kayleen Asbo
O God, help me to live with integrity.
Life will test me, and try me;
May I stay ever faithful to trust and to love .
Help me each day to examine my heart and my mind.
With your love forever before my eyes,
Help me to walk faithfully with you.
Teach me not to squander my days on what is trivial
nor indulge in what will degrade my spirit.
May I shun the temptation to take the convenient or popular path
May I not consume the poison of gossip, greed and slander.
Lead my heart to innocence, O God.
May there always be echoing within me
a song of thanksgiving
as I remember what truly matters -
the beauty of this world
and the hidden glory abiding
within every human soul.