Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 6a

O God, who has shown love for all people by sending Jesus Christ our Lord, and have illumined our human lives by the radiance of His presence, I give you thanks for this your greatest gift.

For my Lord’s days upon the earth:
For the record of His deeds of love:
For the words He spoke for my guidance and help:
For His obedience unto death:
For His triumph over death:
For the presence of His Spirit with me now:
I thank you, Father.
Grant that the remembrance of the blessed Life that once was lived out on this common earth under these ordinary skies may remain with me in all the tasks and duties of this day. Let me remember—
His eagerness, not to be ministered unto, but to minister:
His sympathy with suffering of every kind:
His bravery in face of His own suffering:
His meekness of attitude, refraining from returning insult with insult:
His steadiness of purpose in keeping to His appointed task:
His simplicity:
His self-discipline:
His serenity of spirit:
His complete reliance upon you, His Father in Heaven.
And in each of these ways give me grace to follow in His footsteps.
Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, I commit all my ways to you. I make over my soul to trust in you. I pledge my life to your service. May this day be for me a day of obedience and of charity, a day of happiness and of peace. May all my walk and conversation honor the Gospel of Christ. Amen.
Paraphrase of A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie ©1949 Charles Scribner's Sons