EVER-LIVING God, whose existence is the perpetual spring of our being, and whose loving-kindness is the inspiration of our daily joys: O God impress our minds with gratitude while we remember Your mercies, and turn our voices to praise while we call upon Your name ? By the tender and wise ordering of Your providence, the night has brought us the delightful refreshment of sleep, amid social security and domestic peace; and the welcome radiance of the morning calls us to new activity, to fresh experiences, to a deeper acquaintance with life, and to ever-augmenting responsibilities.
May our hearts be susceptible to every influence that testifies to Your holy presence in the beauty of the world Your hands have fashioned, —in the genial ministries of domestic love and noble friendships, — in the silent witness of a good conscience to the pure thoughts and good deeds that have blessed mankind, — and in every spiritual emotion and aspiration that may ennoble us, by lifting us into a higher realm of life.
O Lord, our Preserver, in guarding our bodies from danger through the day that lies before us, withdraw our eyes from beholding vanity, and exclude from our minds all gross and presumptuous thoughts. May the words which our tongues may utter, and the meditations which our hearts may entertain, be acceptable in Your sight, and worthy the bodies and spirits which You have deigned to call Your temple. Here, O God, enthrone Your Holy Spirit, that all our purposes and desires may be subjected to You; that all our duties may be elevated into privileges; that our pleasures may be exalted into praises; that our forgiven sins may bear the fruit of humility and grateful love; and that the trials of a mortal day, borne to You on the wings of prayer, may return to us in everlasting benedictions. We ask it through the grace and truth of Jesus Christ. 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