August 2nd morning prayer

God my Creator and Redeemer, I will be able to go forward today only if You accompany me with Your blessing. Let not the vigor and freshness of the morning, or the glow of good health, or the present prosperity of my undertakings, deceive me into a false reliance upon my own strength. All these good gifts have come to me from You. They were Yours to give and they are Yours also to take away. They are not mine to keep. I only hold them in trust, and only by depending on You, the Giver, can they be truly enjoyed.

Let me then put back into Your hand all that You have given me, rededicating to Your service all the powers of my mind and body, all my worldly things, and all my influence with others. All these, O Father, are Yours to use as You will. All these are Yours, O Christ. All these are Yours, O Holy Spirit. Speak in my words today, think in my thoughts, and work in all my deeds. And seeing that it is Your gracious will to make use even of such weak human instruments in fulfilling Your mighty purpose for the world, let my life today be the channel through which some little portion of Your divine love and compassion may reach the lives that are nearest to my own.

In Your solemn presence, O God, I remember all my friends and neighbors, the people of my city, and especially the poor living among us, asking Thee that You would give me grace, so far as in me lies, to serve them in Your name.

O blessed Jesus, who did use Your own most precious life for the redemption of Your human brothers and sisters, giving no thought to ease or pleasure or worldly enrichment, but filling up all Your hours and days with deeds of self-denying love, give me grace today to follow the road You did first walk; and to Your name be all the glory and praise, forever and ever. Amen.

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