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O God, our Heavenly Father, by whose love all creatures are made blessed, we give thanks for all that makes You known to us, and bless Your name for every gift of Yours; for our parents and teachers, companions and friends; for our homes and our work, and all that makes us happy. We bless You for Your tender care; for Your eye upon us by day and by night; for Your Holy Spirit in our hearts; for Your correction when we err, and Your forgiveness when we repent; and for the Savior who turns us from evil ways to Your holy and blessed service. We pray for a pure heart and a right spirit, that we may do that which is pleasing unto You. Make us careful not to offend in thought, or word, or deed. May we speak the truth always and love it forever. As we grow in years may we grow in wisdom, and in favor with God and man. When we sin, forgive us; when we repent, restore us. When we wander, bring us back; and when we are careless, O Lord, correct us. Breathe into our souls, O heavenly Father, the love of whatsoever is true, and beautiful, and good. May we fear to be unfaithful, and have no other fear. Forgive us all our sins, and keep us from sinning again. Help us to remember that we are Your children, and belong to You. Enable us to love others as You have loved us. Make us generous and kind to all, faithful in duty, truthful in speech, and sweet in temper. Enlighten our minds that we may know You, inspire our hearts that we may love You, and guide our wills that we may serve You for ever.
Make us children of the light of the day; upright, simple, free from guile. Make us faithful and cheerful, just and kind to all. May we help and not hinder each other in the knowledge of You, and in the doing of Your will. Bless our neighbors and friends with the like gift of the heavenly grace, and so direct our paths and inspire our lives that we may all at last inherit that kingdom which You have prepared for them that love You; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!
Book: Alone with God
Author: Br. James H. Garrison
Publisher: St. Louis: Christian Publishing Company 1891