OUR Heavenly Father, Thou hast been good to us, and we come to Thee in love and gratitude to thank Thee for the right use of our minds, for health of body, and for opportunities of development and service. Help us to show our gratitude by the obedience of our lives. May we labor in joy and trust, by Thy grace, to make this world a brighter, happier, and better place for men and women to live, and for children to play and grow. May all fathers and mothers have a sacred sense of privilege and responsibility, and may the God of all grace be merciful to the multitudes of mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, wives and little children, who suffer from the curse of strong drink. Lord, destroy that which would destroy those for whom Christ died. Keep all little children, all boys and girls, all young men and women, unscarred and unstained by sin, and remember in great tenderness the aged, the lonely, the sick, the tempted, the discouraged, and those who suffer for the sins of others. May joy and peace and harmony and holiness alone reign in our hearts. Bind us closer to each other, and closer to Thee. Help us to be happy, and useful, and good.
These things, with the forgiveness of sin and the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we ask in the Name of the Blessed Christ, Who loved us and gave Himself for us. We can ask nothing more; we dare ask nothing less.
Prof. Charles Scanlon, A.M.,
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At the end of his life, it was said he was a master of the great art of bearing the burdens of others even at his own inconvenience and sacrifice -- something he might have learned, it was suggested, as a member of a large family in which he was 14th of 21. He was said to have sympathy and intuitive understanding of the needs and yearnings of common people, for which growing up in the poverty and provincialism of West Virginia was given credit.
Charles Scanlon spent 10 years as a minister in Minnesota and then was nominated for Governor and later President on the Prohibition ticket. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Wooster College in Ohio. He was appointed by American Presidents as their representative in Europe four different times between 1909 and 1921. He spent most of his later career as General Director of the Presbyterian Department of Temperance and Moral Welfare.