Thursday, July 06, 2006

God's minute

July Sixth

Jesus answered them, do ye now believe?--John 16:31

OUR Father, God, we know Thee through Jesus Christ our Lord, and we praise Thee for all Thy loving kindness and tender mercies. With the assurance that Thou wilt never leave nor forsake us, we enter upon the duties of a new day. We lift our eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh our help.

Direct us in all the way that we should take, in view of our great responsibilities and opportunities. Help us to earn our bread honestly, but not to be so busy as to let the King pass by. May we live our day before Thee in all reverence, quietness, love, and usefulness.

Remember our loved ones everywhere. Bless all for whom we ought to pray--the sick, the suffering, the sinful, God pity them and minister to their needs. Let Thy grace be upon every heart lifted up in true and simple desire for a better life.

Bless our nation in all her crises. Give wisdom unto our counsellors, and direction to those who lead our affairs.

Bless especially the Church of Jesus Christ, her missionaries, and ministers, and bring us all to the redeemed in glory, through Jesus Christ.

Amen.

J.M. Francis, D.D.,
Sunbury, Pennsylvania

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