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A Litany on the Scout/Guide Promise

O Lord, you are Faithful and True,
and your promises stand forever.
Inspire our hearts to dare great things for you,
empower us to accomplish what we profess,
and forgive us when we fall short
of the mark we ourselves have set.

Incline our hearts to keep our promises.

We make our promises upon our honor,
but there is no strength in us to keep them
without your aid,
and all the glory of our accomplishments
belongs to you.

Incline our hearts to keep our promises.

We promise to do our best
to do our duty to you and to our country,
and to obey the Law both divine and human:
for we believe
that no one can be the best sort of citizen
who does not acknowledge
one's dependence upon you,
and no one can be the best sort of disciple
who does not serve one's country.

Incline our hearts to keep our promises.

We promise to help other people at all times,
to see a neighbor in every stranger,
to protect the weak,
comfort the grieving,
encourage the weary,
supply the needy,
without any thought of reward
but your own approval.

Incline our hearts to keep our promises.

We promise to keep ourselves strong
for your service,
alert for every challenge,
and not to dull our hunger and thirst
for your righteousness.

Incline our hearts to keep our promises,
through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.


-- Arthur W. Collins
reprinted from The Pathfinder, Volume 6, Issue 2
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