NIGHT PRAYER: Saturday 9/24

I’m grateful to you for so many reasons:
    all the blessings and gifts come my way 
    from your heart and hand to mine…
But I know I sometimes act entitled,
taking your gifts for granted…
I don’t always thank you for all you offer
and there are times when my words and deeds 
betray your generosity:

    your constant presence,

    your strong, supporting arm,
    the help of your grace and the peace I find 
    through my hope and faith in you…
Looking back on this day, then,
I thank you for all your blessings, Lord:
    the gifts I noticed,
    the ones I took for granted
    and especially the ones I missed
    for being too busy and distracted…
And I’m grateful for how you continue to bless me
and stay by my side as my friend and guide
    – even when things I say and do
    prove me unworthy of you and your love…
How great is your love, O Lord!
How mysterious your way with us sinners!
How grateful am I for your mercy
    – when I’ve been ungrateful to you…
Protect me, Lord, while I lie awake
and watch over me as I sleep
that awake, I might keep watch with you
and asleep, rest in your peace…
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