By Gary D. Schmidt, Elizabeth Stickney, Gary Schmidt

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

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

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As Thy new horizons beckon, Father, give us strength to be Children of creative purpose, Serving man and honoring Thee. ’Til our dreams are rich with meaning — Each endeavor Thy design — Great Creator, lead us onward ’Til our work is one with Thine. Catherine Cameron Father in heaven! Show us a little patience; for we often intend in all sincerity to commune with Thee and yet we speak in such a foolish fashion. Sometimes, when we judge that what has come to us is good, we do not have enough words to thank Thee; just as a mistaken child is thankful for having gotten his own way.

Therefore, Father, I beg you to keep me in this silence so that I may learn from it the word of your peace and the word of your mercy and the word of your gentleness to the world: and that through me perhaps your word of peace may make itself heard where it has not been possible for anyone to hear it for a long time. To study truth here and learn here to suffer for truth. The Light itself, and the contentment and the Spirit, these are enough. Thomas Merton O God of the blue, red, brown, black, and multicolored bird, of the singing, humming, and silent bird, of the noisy woodpecker and cooing dove, of perfect yellow sunflowers, fanciful laughing pansies, and pungent purple lavender, thank You for Your beautiful gifts of rich difference and variety.

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. Homer opens The Odyssey by requesting the Muse to sing to him the story of Odysseus, so that in turn he can relate it to his hearers. Virgil begins the Aeneid with this plea: “O Muse! ” So. This style of invocation lasted a long time: “Look in thy heart and write,” chides Sir Philip Sidney’s Renaissance Muse. John Milton, writing even later in Puritan England, adopts this convention in the opening lines of Paradise Lost.

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