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March 20, 2005

Morning Prayer

Eternal Father of my soul, let my first thought today be of You, let my first impulse be to worship You, let my first speech be Your name, let my first action be to kneel before you in prayer.

For Your perfect wisdom and perfect goodness:
For the love with which you love mankind:
For the love with which You love me:
For the great and mysterious opportunity of my life:
For the indwelling of Your Spirit in my heart:
For the sevenfold gifts of your Spirit:
I praise and worship you, O Lord.

You let me not, when this morning prayer is said, think my worship ended and spend the day in forgetfulness of You. Rather from these moments of quietness let light go forth, and joy, and power, that will remain with me through all the hours of the day;

Keeping me chaste in thought:
Keeping me temperate and truthful in speech:
Keeping me faithful and diligent in my work:
Keeping me humble in my estimation of myself:
Keeping me honorable and generous in my dealings with others:
Keeping me loyal to every hallowed memory of the past:
Keeping me mindful of my eternal destiny as a child of Yours:
Through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

This prayer is written by John Baillie, from his book Diary of Private Prayer. I'm copying it here to remind myself to print it out and tuck it into my Bible. It was quoted over at The Upward Call. I recommend spending a few quiet minutes reading the Kim's whole post.

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I linked this post this morning, having trouble figuring out trackback pings. Off to church, will hold the same thoughts in mind:

You let me not, when this morning prayer is said, think my worship ended and spend the day in forgetfulness of You. Rather from these moments of quietness let light go forth, and joy, and power, that will remain with me through all the hours of the day.

Posted by: Jema at March 20, 2005 01:17 PM

Very encouraging! I'm printing this one out.

Posted by: Liza Q at March 21, 2005 12:17 PM

I quite like tulips, they are great flowers which I have not yet found in australia.. :( http://www.insanetom.com ... but we do have a lot of native fauna! :D

Posted by: tmz_99 at March 22, 2005 01:57 PM


 
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