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Let us praise God for the Day, for the glory and warmth of the sun, for the stir of life, and for honest toil that wins food and rest.

God be praised for the Day.

For the Earth, the sustainer of life: for the halls, the plains and the dales; and for the beauty of meadows and fields, of flowers and of trees.

God be praised for the Earth.

For the Sky, for the shifting clouds and the glory of sunrise and sunset.

God be praised for the Sky.

For the Sea, that yields and receives again the water without which life would die, and is wonderful in its stillness and more wonderful in its storm.

God be praised for the Sea

Let us praise God for our Food, and the pleasure He has given us in it, lest we should neglect the needs of life. May He help us to shun all waste and to rejoice in sharing with others.

God be praised for our Food.

For the shelter from wind and weather, which being hallowed by love becomes our Home. May He help us to keep it holy.

God be praised for our Homes.

For our Garments, which protect our bodies. May He teach us to make them beautiful, not for our vanity, but to brighten our common life; and may He strengthen our will that none shall go hungry or ill-housed or ill-clad.

God be praised for our Clothing.

Let us praise God for our Fathers and Mothers, by whom He orders lives and comforts hearts, bringing strength to a house and sweetness to labor. May He hallow their work and direct their ways.

God be praised for good Fathers and Mothers.

For the gift of Children. May He help us to train them to be reverent and truthful,

that they may gladden our hearts and bring joy to the world.

God be praised for the Children.

For good Friends, to rejoice with us in our joys, to cheer us in trouble and to lighten our tasks. May He help us to repay them in fellowship and service.

God be praised for our Friends.

Let us praise God for Health, bringing wholesomeness of body and mind: for Mirth, quickening the blood, uniting us with others and refreshing us for work: for Joy that heightens all our life and doubles our powers. May He help us to share these blessings with others, kindling their hearts by the gladness of our face.

God be praised for Life.

Let us praise God for the vision that stands beyond the mists of pain and sorrow, giving purpose to endurance and making known to us the sweetness of sympathy.

All praise be to God.

O You who gives visions to them that praise You, give us also the courage to make our dreams come true. Help us to know that the ideal cannot evade us forever; that it is knocking at the door of life wondrously fair, wondrously practical, and is an urgent pressure upon life, hungering to become actual. To the praise of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

May the merciful loving-kindness of the Most High and His holy protection be with the sick, the suffering and the sorrowful; be with us and with all whom we love, now and in every time of need.

To the praise of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Book: Acts of Devotion
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Publisher: New York: The Macmillan Company 1927