“Oh God, whose wonders and wisdom are more than we can fathom, whose ways transcend our own, grant us a new glimpse of your goodness, glory, and grace, that we might know who you are and what you’ve done, and in that light, how we get to live. Pierce through the temporal that we might see the eternal, give us eyes to see the normally unseen, that our vision might be rightly ordered, that we might walk in the ways that we now see. Grant us to know the dignity of our calling, that in knowing we might do, for your sake, for our sake, and for the sake of the world you have created and will make new. Amen.”
"…What is the grand malady of nations? The answer is short. Selfishness…It is important to notice how much Christianity in every way is set in direct hostility to selfishness. Consequently, the public welfare must be inseparable from her prevalence.
One may almost say that the main object and chief concern of real Christianity is to root out our natural selfishness and to correct the false standard it would impose upon us. Christianity seeks to bring us to a just estimate of ourselves, and of all around us…Benevolence-enlarged, vigorous, operative benevolence is her master principle…"
Member of Parliament, 18th-century