P1000277Lord, inspire me to read your Scriptures

And to meditate upon them day and night.

I beg you to give me real understanding

of what I need,

that I in turn may put its precepts into practice.

Yet, I know that understanding and good intentions

are worthless,

unless rooted in your graceful love.

So I ask that the words of Scripture

may also be not just signs on a page,

but channels of grace into my heart.

Amen. (Origin, 184-253 AD)