Sunday, April 9

A prayer for today: 29p

O God, immortal, eternal, invisible, I remember with gladness and thanksgiving all that you have been to this world:
Companion of the brave:
Upholder of the loyal:
Light of the wanderer:
Joy of the pilgrim:
Guide of the pioneer:
Helper of laborers:
Refuge of the broken-hearted:
Deliverer of the oppressed:
Rescue of the tempted:
Strength of the victorious:
Ruler of rulers:
Friend of the poor:
Savior of the perishing:
Hope of the dying.
Give me faith now to believe that you can be all in all to me, according to my need, if only I abandon my proud self-reliance and put my trust in you.

Forbid it, Lord, that the difficulty of living well should ever tempt me to fall into any kind of carelessness or despair. May I always remember that this human life was once divinely lived and this world once nobly overcome and this body of flesh, that now so sorely tries me, once made into your perfect dwelling-place.
Show thy love and mercy tonight, O Lord, to all who stand in need of your help. Be with the weak to make them strong and with the strong to make them gentle. Cheer the lonely with your company and the distracted with your solitude. Prosper your Church in the fulfillment of her mighty task, and grant your blessing to all who have toiled today in Christ's name. Amen.

Paraphrase of A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie ©1949 Charles Scribner's Sons