Today I was given a CD, Zero Church, a collection of seventeen non-denominational prayers set to music by Suzzy and Maggie Roche. This CD was originally released on September 11th; there's actually an eighteenth track on this re-release, a short musical prayer for New York City.
I suppose you'd have to call this religious music, so maybe its appeal is limited to the religious or spiritual among us, but listening to it I found many humbling lessons, and I became sad for our world, and I feel very small.
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, People may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway