A Prayer to Begin the Day

We give thee humble and hearty thanks, O most merciful Father, for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all men, for the blessings of this life and for the promise of everlasting happiness. And as we are bound, we specially thank thee for the mercies which we have received; for health and strength, for outward prosperity and well-being, for the many enjoyments of our daily life, and the hope of the future; for the opportunities of learning, for the knowledge of thy will, for the means of serving thee in thy holy church, for the love thou hast revealed to us in thy Son, our Savior; for every blessing of soul and body, we thank thee, O God. Add this, O Lord, to thy other mercies, that we may praise thee not with our lips only, but with our lives, always looking to thee as the author and giver of all good things; for Jesus Christ’s sake.

–B.F. Westcott (1825–1901)


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