“Almighty God, we bless and praise Thee that we have wakened to the light of another earthly day; and now we think of what a day should be.
Our days are thine, let them be spent for Thee. Our days are few, let them be spent with care.
There are dark days behind us, forgive their sinfulness; there may be dark days before us, strengthen us for their trials.
We pray thee to shine on this day – the day which we may call our own.
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.
When we cannot love our work, let us think of it as Thy task, and by our true love to Thee, make unlovely things shine in the light of Thy great love.
~George Dawson 1821-1876