Thursday, February 7, 2008

A Prayer for Today

This prayer appears in every issue of the Episcopal Church publication Forward Day by Day. I've seen it attributed to the 19th Century Episcopal priest Philips Brooks, but I have not been able to confirm that. It's a powerful prayer and a great way to start any day.

O God:

Give me strength to live another day.

Let me not turn coward before its difficulties

or prove recreant to its duties.

Let me not lose faith in other people.

Keep me sweet and sound of heart, in spite of

ingratitude, treachery, or meanness.

Preserve me from minding little stings

or giving them.

Help me to keep my heart clean,

and to live so honestly and fearlessly
that no outward failure can dishearten me
or take away the joy of conscious integrity.

Open wide the eyes of my soul

that I may see good in all things.

Grant me this day some new vision of thy truth.

Inspire me with the spirit of joy and gladness,
and make me the cup of strength to suffering souls.

In the name of the strong Deliverer,

our only Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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