FOR the Lord Your God brings You into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig-trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil, olive, and honey; a land wherein you shall eat bread without scarceness, you shall not lack anything in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you may dig brass. When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord Your God for the good land which he hath given You.
In pleasant lands have fallen the lines
That bound our goodly heritage; And, safe beneath our sheltering vines,
Our youth is blessed, and soothed our age. What thanks, O God, to You are due,
That you did plant our fathers here. And watch and guard them as they grew A vineyard to the planter dear
The toils they bore our ease have wrought:
They sowed in tears, — in joy we reap;
The birthright they so dearly bought,
We’ll guard till we with them shall sleep.
Thy kindness to our fathers shown,
In weal and woe, through all the past,
heir grateful sons, O God, shall own
While here their name and race shall last.
FATHER, we thank You for the joy of life, and the fair world in which we live; for the fragrance and beauty of the spring, the genial warmth and rich fruitage of the summer, and the bountiful harvests that crown the year. We thank You that our lines have fallen in pleasant places, and for all the heritage of good into which we have been born. We bless You for every good institution: for schools and churches for that liberty wherewith you make all men free. We thank You for the excellent example of the faithful ones who have gone before us; and we pray that we may be worthy of our high privilege, and do our part faithfully and well, to leave the world better than we found it, better for our having lived in it. Amen.
Daily Prayer and Praise
American Unitarian Association, 1875
University Press: John Wilson & Son, Cambridge
Revised and Adapted by: Karrol Sneed 2013