The Mary Stewart Collect is something with which we are all very familiar and recite it at every gathering from Branch to Provincial to National meetings or conferences. Sometimes we even have roll calls on the part of it we find most difficult to follow and it can be hard to choose which one challenges us the most!
However, perhaps the following idea might bring a new dimension to the Collect.
In my Bible reading notes, the writer suggested substituting ‘me’ for ‘us’ and ‘my’ to ‘our’ and so on. I was amazed at what a difference it made to the prayer she quoted. So, I applied the idea to the Mary Stewart Collect and again was amazed at what a personal impact it made.
Here is the ‘personalized’ version:
Keep me, O Lord, from pettiness, let me be large in thought, in word and deed.
Let me be done with fault finding and leave off self seeking.
May I put away all pretence and meet others face to face, without self pity and without prejudice.
May I never be hasty in judgement and always generous.
Let me take time for all things, make me grow calm, serene, gentle.
Teach me to put into action my better impulses, straightforward and unafraid.
Grant that I may realize that it is the little things that create differences; that in the big things of life we are one.
And may I strive to touch and know the great human heart common to us all, and, O Lord God, let me not forget to be kind.
There are a couple of places where it’s hard to substitute like in the ‘big things of life we are one’ and ‘the great human heart common to us all’ so I left them alone, but if you have any thoughts feel free!
Editor's note: Elizabeth also shared this feedback from the June edition of Ellen's Corner which was too fun not to share forward!
"I really enjoyed the recent issue of the newsletter, and actually emailed Ellen McLean about her column as Nellie McClung was the first president of the Edmonton branch, and also visited Stony Plain in 1916 and apparently spoke on the evils of liquor! The Branch charged 25 cents a person with Junior Red Cross members free and made $4.00!! The minutes just said they also purchased bunting so whether the $4.00 was after expenses I don’t know! Anyhow hope Ellen enjoyed the personal touch, and I also mentioned that I remembered reading in an old local paper that Emily Murphy had actually held a court in Stony Plain one time."
Submitted by Elizabeth, Rushton, past Canada Area President