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Written by Isaac Pennington (1617-1680), the son of the may of London who joined the Society of Friends (the Quakers) and suffered persecution for his beliefs. This is an excerpt from his work “Letters on Spiritual Virtues.”

Friends, our life is love and peace and tenderness. We are called to bear one another’s burdens, forgive one another, and never judge or accuse one another. Instead, we must pray for one another, helping one another up with a tender hand if there has been any slip or fall. O! wait to feel this spirit. Wait to be guided and to walk in this spirit that you may enjoy the Lord in sweetness and walk meekly, tenderly, peaceably, and lovingly with one another. Then you will be able to praise the Lord, and anything that has hindered you, you will be able to overcome in the Lamb’s dominion. That which is contrary shall be trampled upon as his life rises and begins to rule in you. So, watch your hearts and ways. Watch over one another in gentleness and tenderness. Know that we cannot help one another out of a snare of our own strength, for only the Lord, who must be waited upon, can do this in all and for all. So, attend to the Truth, to the service and enjoyment and possession of it in your hearts. Walk in such a way that you do not bring disgrace upon it, but instead, let the Truth be a good savor to others in the places where you live. May the meek, innocent, tender, righteous life that reigns within you and governs you, shine through you into the eyes of all with whom you speak. 


Written by Dionysius Telmarharensis (?-845), patriarch of the Syrian Jacobite Church and author of important documents on Eastern Christianity.

God the Father,

source of Divinity,

good beyond all that is good,

fair beyond all that is fair,

in you is calmness, peace and unity.

Repair the things that divide us from each other

and restore our unity of love

like your divine love.

And as you are above all things,

unite us in goodness and love

that we may be spiritually one,

with you and with each other,

through your peace which makes all things peaceful

and through the grace, mercy, and tenderness

of your only Son., Jesus Christ. Amen.

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