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“Chances in Life Litany” by E.H. Chapin

CHANCES IN LIFE LITANY – E.H. Chapin (1869), response N. King (2008)

WE MAY HAVE VIRTUE ENOUGH – RELIGION ENOUGH – FOR SET-TIMES AND SUNDAYS. HAVE WE ENOUGH FOR THIS CROWDED, THICK-SWARMING, BUSY, EVERY-DAY WORLD?

May I have the courage and strength to be present to life’s opportunities.

THE GREAT TEST OF PRINCIPLE IS TO BE READY FOR CHANCES – NEVER TO BE TAKEN UNAWARES.
May I have the courage and strength to be present to life’s opportunities.

MY FRIENDS, HOW IS IT WITH OURSELVES? HOW DO WE MEET THE CHANCES THAT OCCUR TO US IN LIFE?

May I have the courage and strength to be present to life’s opportunities.

EVERY MORNING WE MAY LAY OUR COURSE, BUT EVERY DAY WE DRIFT IN CURRENTS OF PROVIDENCE THAT BRING US INTO UNEXPECTED CONTACTS.

May I have the courage and strength to be present to life’s opportunities.

IN UNKNOWN EVENTS OUR VIRTUE IS TRIED, OUR SOULS SUMMONED TO THEIR POSSIBILITIES, AND UNCALCULATED THINGS BREAK IN UPON US, AND PRESENT THE TOUCHSTONE OF CHARACTER.

May I have the courage and strength to be present to life’s opportunities.

LIFE’S CHANCES, IF THEY BETRAY NO OTHER FEATURE OF REGULARITY, AT LEAST REVEAL THIS MUCH: THEY SHOW THEMSELVES RANGED IN CONNECTION WITH OUR SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE.

May I have the courage and strength to be present to life’s opportunities.

THERE IS NOTHING THAT OCCURS TO US IN OUR DAILY EXISTENCE, NOT EVEN IN THE SMALLEST TRANSACTION, THAT IS NOT A SOURCE OF MORAL INSPIRATION, AND DOES NOT FURNISH OCCASION FOR MORAL EFFORT.

May I have the courage and strength to be present to life’s opportunities.

LITTLE IRRITATIONS MAY RUFFLE AND INFLAME A SPIRIT THAT WOULD KEEP SERENE IN THE FRONT OF GREAT INJURIES.

May I have the courage and strength to be present to life’s opportunities.

WHAT KIND OF BENEVOLENCE AND LOVE DO YOU EXPRESS FOR THOSE YOU ENCOUNTER? IS IT A SABBATH-DAY AND SPECIAL FUND BENEVOLENCE, A CHARITY SERMON AND FANCY DRESS BENEVOLENCE? OR DOES YOUR BENEVOLENCE SIT ALWAYS IN THE DOORWAY OF YOUR HEART, FULL OF COMPASSION AND MERCY, READY FOR THE BLEEDING, APPEALING, SUFFERING HUMANITY RIGHT BY THE WAYSIDE?

May I have the courage and strength to be present to life’s opportunities.

THE KIND WORD YOU HAVE SPOKEN, THE HONEST ADVICE YOU GAVE, THE HELPING HAND YOU HAVE STRETCHED OUT TO LIFT UP THE WAYFARER, WHO SHALL MEASURE OR LIMIT ITS WIDENING CIRCLE ON THE WAVES OF SPIRITUAL INFLUENCE – ON THE SEA OF TIME?

May I have the courage and strength to be present to life’s opportunities.

WE MAY NOT KNOW THE HOUR OR THE WAY THAT THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE OUR RELIGION MAY APPEAR, BUT WE KNOW THAT THE OPPORTUNITIES TO LIVE BY THIS FAITH WILL APPEAR, DAILY, NIGHTLY THROUGH ALL TIME, IN AND OUT OF THE WEEKS AND MONTHS OF OUR LIVES.

May I have the courage and strength to be present to life’s opportunities.

THERE IS NOTHING THAT OCCURS TO US IN OUR DAILY EXISTENCE, NOT EVEN IN THE SMALLEST TRANSACTION, THAT IS NOT A SOURCE OF MORAL INSPIRATION, AND DOES NOT FURNISH OCCASION FOR MORAL EFFORT. WE CARRY THE COURAGE. WE CARRY THE STRENGTH. WE HAVE THE CAPACITY FOR PRESENCE. LIFE WILL PRESENT TO US THE OPPORTUNITIES.

May I have the courage and strength to be present to life’s opportunities.

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