restaint

The Shattered Fortress

[X. “Restraint”]


Freedom
calls my name

Serenity keeps me sane

Happiness – it dulls the pain

Honest to see my place

Open to other ways

Willingness to understand

Justice but do not judge

Courtesy for others’ flaws

Kindness – it’s not that hard

Self-restraint of tongue and pen

Inventory – my daily friend

Analysis let down your guard

Look in the mirror

What do you see?

The shattered fortress

That once bound me

Faithful ascent, through darkest fires

I’ve found the path to take me higher

You’re smart enough for me to trust go live your life now

Just keep these steps in your life and you’ll know how

If you’re not sure, ask yourself,

“Have I done to them as I would have them do to me?”

Look in the mirror

What’s that you see?

The shattered fortress

Fly now be free

Faithful ascent, through darkest fires

I’ve found the path to take me higher

I once thought it better to be right

But now I have finally seen the light

Sometimes you’ve got to be wrong

And learn from mistakes

I live with serenity now

Not self-righteous hate

[XI. Receive]

(Help me be a channel of Thy peace

That where there is hatred, I may bring love;

That where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;

That where there is discord, I may bring harmony;

That where there is error, I may bring truth;

That where there is doubt, I may bring faith

Now that you can see all you have done

(That where there is despair, I may bring hope;

That where there are shadows, I may bring light)

It’s time to take that step into the kingdom

(That where there is sadness, I may bring joy)

All your sins will help to make you strong

(That I may seek rather to comfort, than to be comforted.

That I may seek to understand than to be understood)

And help you break right through the prison wall

(That I may seek to love, rather than to be loved,

for it is by self-forgetting that one finds,

it is by forgiving that one is forgiven)

Keep all of me,

The desires that once burned me deep inside

Help me live today

And help to give me grace

To carry out your ways

I am ready, help me be all I can be

I am ready, help guide me and keep me free

[XII. Responsible]

I am responsible when anyone, anywhere

Reaches out for help, I want my hand to be there

I am responsible when anyone, anywhere

Reaches out for help, I want my hand to be there