When I spoke at Women’s Aglow this year, one of the attendees came up to me as I was taking a seat and handed me a piece of paper with a poem on it. “This is for you,” she said. I thanked her, and then later when I was alone I sat down to read and absorb it. I don’t know why she gave it to me, other than she just wanted to bless me with a gift and maybe God wanted to use it to speak to my heart. I’d like to share it with you, too. The author is unknown, but if you know, please tell me:

A Prayer For True Womanliness
O LORD Grant
That I may be always virginal in spirit,
surrendered to Christ in all things.
That I may know the joy of true motherhood,
giving saints to God.
That I may be a woman of love, radiant
with the Charity of Christ.
That I may be a woman of silence,
creating tranquility and peace about me.
That I may be a woman of purity, veiling
my womanliness in modesty.
That I may be a woman of understanding,
encouraging and helpful in counsel.
That I may be a woman of tears,
compassionate for a suffering world.
That I may be a woman of laughter,
bringing joy and hope to all around me.
That I may be a woman of generosity,
giving of my own without measure.
That I may be a woman of patience,
answering with gentleness and love.
That I may be a woman of tenderness,
shielding the sensitive, consoling
the sorrowful.
That I may be a woman of hospitality,
making welcome the poor, the lonely,
the weary.
That I may be a woman of prayer, seeking
my strength in God.
That I may have the heart of an apostle,
drawing all those around me to Christ.

Well, I think I have some work cut out for me this week! šŸ™‚

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