Come, O children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Which of you desires life,
and covets many days to enjoy good?
Keep your tongue from evil,
and your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil, and do good;
seek peace, and pursue it.
God of hope, do not lose hope in us. Teach us to do good, seek peace, and pursue it. Open our ears to listen to your teachings, shape our lives so we covet your guidance, and use our own voices to sing of your shalom. Amen.
(from Bread for the Day: Daily Bible Readings and Prayers, 2018)