O Lord,

This is our desire,

to walk along the path of life that you have appointed us,

in steadfastness of faith,

in lowliness of heart,

in gentleness of love.

Let not the cares or duties of this life press on us too heavily;

but lighten our burdens,

that we may follow your way in quietness,

filled with thankfulness for your mercy,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

–Maria Hare (1798-1870)