During the summer, I pulled out a small devotional classic to begin my days
and complete my nights.
Although, the prayers are written in an English,
of days flung into the past,
when I read them aloud,
I am anchored.
And yes, sometimes a little friend joins me 🙂
Here is the Fourteenth Day morning prayer complete with images of summer glory.
(Use the colons as a pause to weave your heart and mind together.)
O Thou who indwellest in our poor and shabby human life,
lifting it now and then above the dominance of animal passion and greed,
allowing it to shine with the borrowed lights of love and joy and peace,
and making it a mirror of the beauties of a world unseen,
grant that my part in the world’s life today may not obscure the splendour
of Thy presence but rather to make plainly visible to the eyes of my fellow-man.
Let me stand today–
for whatever is pure and true and just and good:
for the advancement of science and education and true learning:
for the redemption of daily business from the blight of self-seeking:
for the rights of the weak and the oppressed:
for industrial cooperation and mutual help:
for the conservation of the rich traditions of the past:
for the recognition of new workings of Thy Spirit in
the minds of the men of my own time:
for the hope of yet more glorious days to come.
Today, O Lord–
let me put right before interest:
let me put others before self:
let me put the things of the spirit before the things of the body:
let me put the attainment of noble ends above the enjoyments of present pleasures:
let me put principle above reputation:
let me put Thee before all else.
O Thou the reflection of whose transcendent glory did once appear unbroken
in the face of Jesus Christ,
give me today a heart like His–
a brave heart,
a true heart,
a tender heart,
a heart with great room in it,
a heart fixed on Thyself,
for His name’s sake.