A Morning Prayer
I did nothing to earn waking today,
Others more worthy than I did not.
It is a gift I needn't have been given,
which makes today more precious.
Come into the still centre of me,
so that I can be your eyes and ears,
your hands and heart.
I welcome this new day.
It is your gift to me, a new creation,
a promise of resurrection.
I thank you for the grace of being alive this morning.
I thank you for the sleep that has refreshed me.
I thank you for this chance to make a new beginning.
This day, Lord,
is full of promise and opportunity:
let me waste none of it.
This day is full of mystery and the unknown,
help me to face it without fear and anxiety.
This day is blessed with beauty and adventure:
make me fully alive to it all.
During this day
keep me thoughtful, prayerful and kind.
May I be courteous and helpful to others,
and not turned in on myself.
Keep me from any word or deed
that would hurt or destroy, or belittle.
And may the thoughts of my mind
be pleasing in your sight.
When night comes again,
may I look back on this day
with no grief or bitterness in my heart.
And may nobody be unhappy
because of anything I have done
or anything I have failed to do.
Lord, bless this day for me and for everyone.
Make it a day in which we grow to have the mind of Christ your Son.
Lord Jesus Christ, Friend and Bother,
may we know you more clearly, love you
more dearly, and follow you more nearly,
day by day. Amen.