A Childlike Heart

Give us a childlike heart.

Give us,
A child's innocence,
that we may be numbered with the pure in heart;
A child's wonder,
that the loveliness of the world
may be to us for ever new;
A child's forgiveness,
that we may forget injustice and unfairness,
as a child forgets;
A child's obedience,
that as a child obeys a father,
we may obey you;
A child's trust,
that as a child trusts his parents for everything,
we may commit our lives in trust to you.

(a prayer of William Barclay, from A Barclay Prayer Book)

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