Word of creation, born into this world, abide with me. You have made me and remade me; remake me still until I am molded into your likeness. You came to us and came to me; teach me to come after you even when I am still. Make the memory of your advent a fire within to move me, and a fire without to turn me from the path of sin. Let me pass this night in holiness and gratitude, and strengthen me for tomorrow—Amen.
In darkness as in light, you are light, Lord God. You were a pillar of fire to Israel; be also to me a flame in the night. Drive away all the shadows, Holy Light. In mercy, let me keep near to you until the day is new. Guide my thoughts and guard my soul from danger and temptation. Let me rest secure in the power of your glory. Warm my heart with your never-ending love. Bless me tonight, I ask—Amen.
Thank you, God, for the gift of a new day. Take me by the hand, and lead me, to please you with the hours ahead. Give me wisdom in my decisions, and sanctify me by whatever burdens I must carry. You know what lies ahead; be my strength to face it honorably, so I may take joy in trials and purity in joys. Grace my path with your presence and peace, O most gracious Lord.
God all-wise, lead me today in the way I should take. Guide my steps, so that I will not turn from your path. Teach me to follow in the way set by Jesus my Savior, to walk in His footsteps and carry my cross. Lord, it is hard for me to deny myself and follow you; be my strength and support. Firm up my feeble limbs for the uphill climb, and may I find the narrow way sweet, according to your promise—your yoke easy and your burden light.
That bold azure canopy above shows,
rather than hides,
the brilliant gates of heaven to our eyes,
and every blossom that unfolds
unfolds to us.
The twining grapevine molds
a sculpture of suggestive power
as songbirds herald
celestial tidings with each daylit hour.
We search, but cannot find what we
refuse to see–
that every moment apes eternity.