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THE earth is Yours, O God, and its fullness is Your blessed gift. May we accept all things from You and love and enjoy You in all things. Yet, All-Holy One, we humbly confess that these worldly goods, which are Your creatures, too often estrange us from You, the Creator, and that they tempt us too much to self-indulgence and pride and vanity. Forgive us this one too-ready for sin, and help us to watch more jealously, and guard more resolutely, against this ever-present temptation.
May we regard every good gift as the reason of a deeper responsibility, instead of a lure to pleasure or a snare to self-conceit. Sacredly may we hold all our talents as under stewardship from God, and may the weight of them bow us down more humbly before Your mercy-seat. May we care more to befriend the lowly than to flatter and to feast the rich and powerful, and may we so employ our time and means as to lay up the goods that will remain with us when earthly friends and favors vanish.
All-Wise and All-Holy, graciously animate us with a true purpose, a pervading and unwavering determination to do all our work as within Your kingdom, and hold our business, our home, and * our pleasures in subjection to Your laws. Help us to bear reverses so patiently and humbly as to save us alike from envy of our neighbor’s prosperity and from repining at Your good Providence. Enable us to consecrate duly our joys, that when we are happy our blessedness may be in You, our God, and so our joys shall rise and make our children and friends rise in faith and gratitude toward You.
In Your mercy forgive our overwhelming love of the world, and establish us in the fellowship that is divine and abiding, through him who for us overcame the world, even Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Book: The Alter at Home 2nd Series 8th Edition
Author: American Unitarian Association
Publisher: BOSTON: Walker, Wise, and Company 1891
Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2015