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A Prayer by John Baillie for the Beginning of the Day

November 1, 2011

Lord of my life, for this new day I give Thee humble thanks: for its gladness and its brightness: for its long hours waiting to be filled with joyous and helpful labour: for its open doors of possibility: for its hope of new beginnings. Quicken in my heart, I beseech Thee, the desire to avail myself richly of this day’s opportunity. Let me not break faith with any of yesterday’s promises, nor leave unrepaired any of yesterday’s wrongs. Let me see no fellow traveller in distress and pass by on the other side. Let me leave no height of duty behind me unattempted, nor any evil habit unassaulted. Where deed of mine can make this world a better place for people to live in, where word of mine can cheer a despondent heart or brace a weak will, where prayer of mine can hasten the coming of Christ’s Kingdom, there let me do and speak and pray. Amen. 

(John Baillie, 1886-1960, alt.)

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Thank you to “nubezalel” for the video embedded below, entitled “Sunrise at the Beach,” featuring Chanticleer singing “O Virgo Virginum” by Josquin Desprez.

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