If you have died with Christ
from the spiritual forces of the world
why do you submit to decrees
as if living in the world? –
‘Do not handle’
these things that are all for destruction
by being used (up)
according to human rules and doctrines.
which to be sure have the reputation of wisdom-
and false humility
– (to be) severe discipline of the body
but they do not have any value
for (dealing with) the flesh.
Steer the ship of my life, good Lord, to your quiet harbour,
where I can be safe from the storms of sin and conflict.
Show me the course I should take.
Renew in me the gift of discernment,
so that I can always see the right direction in which I should go.
And give me the strength and the courage to choose the right course,
even when the sea is rough and the waves are high,
knowing that through enduring hardship and danger in your name
we shall find comfort and peace.
Basil of Caesarea (c.329-379)