Tuesday, July 04, 2006

God's Minute

July Fourth

I praise and extol the King of Heaven.--Daniel 4:37

O GOD, our Father, we turn to Thee with the light of the morning, thankful for Thy mercies and trusting in Thy care. We thank Thee for the rest of the night, and for the fresh gift of daily bread from Thy bounty. We thank Thee for the renewal of strength, and for the opportunities of service that await us. We thank Thee for the dear bonds of family affection and for the counsel and comfort of Thy Word. Help us, O Lord, this day to bear each other's burdens, and to serve Thee by serving our fellow men. Grant us grace for the duties of the day. May the spirit of our toil bear witness to our faith. Especially we commend to Thee all our dear absent ones, wherever they may be. Though we see them not, we rejoice that Thine eye is upon them, and Thy care enfolds them. May our church be a true Household of the Faith. Bless our nation. May it uphold the banner of righteousness. Bless all who labor for the poor and the suffering. Be with those who in distant lands proclaim Thy love, and hasten the day when all shall know and serve Thee.

Keep us, O Father, through the day, and bring us to its close in peace. We ask it all in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

Charles S. Mills, D.D.,
Montclair, New Jersey

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