Thursday, July 27, 2006

God's Minute

July Twenty-seventh

The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.--Psalm 145:14-16, 18

O LORD, Heavenly Father, Who knowest our proneness to forget Thee in the busy rush of life, and while health and success attend us, but Who art our ever prompt refuge and defense in times of illness, bitter grief and failure, we ask Thy forgiveness for our want of gratitude and selfish lack of filial affection. We are of the earth, earthly, unworthy of our Heavenly parentage, and yet we are Thy children. We do not mean to be disobedient our unmindful of Thy mercies. It is only because Thy care and oversight has been constant from our earliest childhood that we sometimes presume on it, and fail to remember Thy tenderness. As we recall the past, make us braver for the future. May we trust even when we cannot trace the reason of Thy Providence. Give us godliness with contentment, and in all the chances and changes of mortal life make us patient and prayerful, and may the peace of God which passeth human understanding be ours in such measure as we can receive it. We ask it all for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

Bishop James Henry Darlington, D. D.,
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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