Wallace gave me this. Wallace is one of those terrific whirlwinds who stirs up everything around him — cajoling, energizing, shouting (but with a Southern accent, so it’s impossible not to be charmed) — and I think of this as Wallace’s prayer, though in truth someone just gave it to him and he passed it on to me.

Perhaps there’s a Wallace in your life.

Perhaps you’re a Wallace.

In any event:

Dear Lord,

So far today, God, I’ve done all right. I haven’t gossiped, haven’t lost my temper, haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or over-indulgent. I’m really glad about that. But in a few minutes, God, I’m going to get out of bed, and from then on I’m probably going to need a lot more help.



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