O GOD, I enter into Your presence, I reverence Your power, I worship Your wisdom, I adore Your justice, I am gladdened by Your love, and blessed by my communion with You. I know that You need no sacrifice from my hands, nor any offering from my lips; yet I have much in Your world, I taste Your bounty, I breath Your air; and Your power sustains me, Your justice guides, Your goodness preserves, and Your love blesses me forever and ever.
O Lord, I cannot fail to praise You, though I cannot praise You as I ought. I bow down before You with a humble heart, and in Your presence so quicken my spirit that I may be prepared the better to do the duties of life, to endure its trials, to bear its crosses, and to triumph in its lasting joys. I thank You for the world that is about me, now serene, lightened by the radiance of day, now covered over with clouds and visited by storms, but in serenity and in storm still guarded and watched and blessed by You.
I adore You who gives me all that I have, and promises even more, You have made me all that I am and all that I am to become. For my daily life I thank You, for its duties to exercise my hands, for its trials and temptations to make strong my heart, for the friends that are dear to me, for Your tender Spirit which is over me at all times. I thank You, for Your loving- kindness which blesses the child and the old man, which regards the sinner with affection, and loves Your holy child.
Father, I know that I, at times wanderer from Your way, that I forget Your laws, that at times the world has dominion over me, that I am a slave to passion and to every sense. Yet I rejoice to remember that Your kindness is not as my kindness, that Your love is infinite, that You tenderly care for Your children, that You are the Shepherd of the sheep, and in Your bosom You bear the feeble lambs, and gently leads each wanderer back to its home.
Teach me, O Lord, to use this world wisely and faithfully and well. In its daily duties and trials may I find the school for wisdom, for goodness, and for piety. May I learn by every trial that You send, be strengthened by every cross, and when I stoop in sadness to drink bitter waters, may I rise refreshed and invigorated. Withhold from me what is evil, though I beg mightily for it and with tears and prayers. Help me to live in unity with my brother, reconciling my interest to their interests, by faithfully discharging every duty, by patiently bearing with the weakness or the strength of my brothers, and loving them as I love myself.
Teach me, Father, to love the unlovely, to love my enemy, to toil for those who are burdened in the world, to seek to save the lost souls from ignorance, to reform them of their wickedness, and to hasten that time when all men shall recognize that You are their Father, and their brothers are indeed their brothers, and that all owe fidelity to You and loving kindness to their fellow-men.
Help me to live in unity with You, no sloth hiding me from Your presence, no passion turning me aside from Your counsel. Nevertheless, with mind and conscience, with heart and soul, assimilating myself to You, till Your truth dwells in my understanding, and Your justice enlightens my conscience, and Your love shines a beatitude and a blessed light in my heart and soul forever and ever.
In times of darkness teach me, O Lord, to be true before You and may I still keep my faith shining in the midst of darkness, the beacon light to guide me over stormy seas to a home and haven at last.
Father, give me strength for my daily duty, patience for my constant or my unaccustomed cross, and in every time of trial give me the hope that sustains, the faith that wins the victory and obtains fullness of joy. In my Lord Jesus Christ name, I pray Amen.
Author: Theodore Parker
Publisher: THE BRITISH & FOREIGN UNITARIAN ASSOCIATION ESSEX HALL, ESSEX STREET, STRAND, W.C. 1910
Revised and Adapted by: Karrol Sneed 2013