ON TODAY'S SITE:
St. Filaret of Moscow, Kathy Ganino, George Dawson
Morning conversations with God are unique because they're so
honest on our part. Our hair isn't combed, we're not wearing
those new shoes and our emotional defenses are still asleep as
long as we're yet a little groggy. He likes us best when we're
who we really are, without any gussied up presentation.
It's a great time to listen to Him.
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O Lord, grant me to greet the coming day in peace,
help me in all things to rely upon your holy will.
In every hour of the day reveal your will to me.
Bless my dealings with all who surround me.
Teach me to treat all that comes to me through-
out the day with peace of soul and with firm
conviction that your will governs all.
In unforeseen events,
let me not forget that all are sent by you.
Teach me to act firmly and wisely,
without embittering and embarrassing others.
Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the
coming day with all that it shall bring.
Direct my will, teach me to pray.
And you, yourself, pray in me. Amen.
St. Filaret Drozdov (1782-1867)
Metropolitan of Moscow
Russian Orthodox Church
Lord, when I awake in silence
I can lie in my bed and listen
It is my time to be quiet in my awakening
In the quiet of my silence,
Before the sounds of the day engulf me
It is my time to listen
So speak to me in the morning, dear Lord
Tell me how to serve today
Tell me for whom I should pray
Tell me what songs to sing
And I will rise in prayer and song
To praise you all day long.
Sierra Madre, CA
The Last Word:
Lord, we go to our daily work;
help us to take pleasure therein.
Show us clearly what our duty is;
help us to be faithful in doing it.
Let all we do be well done,
fit for Thine eye to see.
Give us strength to do,
patience to bear;
let our courage never fail.
From a prayer by George Dawson (1821-1876)
Utterly Random Bonus Quote:
Grace is getting something that you don't deserve;
and mercy is not getting something that you do deserve.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
English philosopher, author, statesman, scientist
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