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Waldemar Argow: For Wisdom

Everliving Source of us all,
May we find wisdom this day;
May we come to understand—
that we without You are a well without water;
that a person without friends is a tree without branches;
that words without deeds are a cry no one can hear;
that knowing without feeling is a head without a body;
that strength without tenderness is a darkness where no light shines;
that life without love is a desert where no rain falls.
May the wisdom we find this day make us wiser in the days ahead:
Wise enough to be ourselves and to try to understand ourselves as best we may;
Wise enough to be the master of our moods;
Wise enough to find in the buffeting and shocks of life a discipline that will make us stronger than we were before.
May the varied experiences of each day increase our store of wisdom.
May our fellowship with one another, and with You, increase our treasury of love.

Waldemar Argow, Jr. (1916–1996) was ordained as a minister in June 1941 in Amherst, Massachusetts. He served Unitarian and Universalist congregations in Massachusetts and Philadelphia with his longest tenures in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Toledo, Ohio. His father, Waldemar Argow, Sr., was a Unitarian minister in Baltimore, Maryland.

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