February 07, 2006

Morning Prayers

Quotations to stir heart and mind.
Compiled by Richard A. Kauffman

LET US KNOW, let us press on to know the Lord; his appearing is as sure as the dawn.
--Hosea 6:3 (NRSV)

I OWE the Lord a morning song of gratitude and praise, for the kind mercy he has shown in lengthening out my days. He kept me safe another night; I see another day. Now may his Spirit, as the light, direct me in his way.
--Amos Herr

LORD GOD, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day. Preserve us with your mighty power that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity, and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
--Book of Common Prayer

NOW ANOTHER day is breaking;
sleep was sweet, and so is waking.
Dear Lord, I promised you last night
never again to sulk or fight.
Such vows are easier to keep
when a child is sound asleep.
Today, O Lord, for your dear sake,
I'll try to keep them when awake.
--Ogden Nash, excerpted by David Yount in Breaking Through God's Silence

LORD, thank you for this beautiful day!
Please help me to see the beauty in every day, and help others to see the beauty
in your wonders. Guide me through perils toward your brilliant light.
--Kate E. Ritger, Prayer in All Things

AWAKE IN THE MORNING, and the first thing you do, thank God for it, even if you don't feel particularly happy about the day which is to come. … Come to God again with two convictions. The one is that you are God's own, and the other is that this day is also God's own; it is absolutely new, absolutely fresh. … This day is blessed by God, it is God's own, and now let us go into it. You walk in this day as God's own messenger; whomever you meet, you meet in God's own way.
--Anthony Bloom, Beginning to Pray

we have just gotten up from our bed,
and we ask you kindly:
Let us be reverent before you—
reverent and obedient—
and let us love one another.
--Jan Karafiát, Broucci

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