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God's Minute: January Second

Early in this New Year, and especially on the day I celebrate marrying my wife, I make this time to thank God for the many blessings in my life:

His love is perfected in us.--1 John 4:12.

Heavenly Father, write Thy new, best name of Love upon our hearts this morning.  Help us to remember Jesus Christ.  During the busy hours bring Him often to our thought.  When the mind is free from some set task may it revert to Him, as the needle turns to the pole.  Keep us from wounding Him in thought or word.  Make our communion with Him sweet.  Give us of His strength, of His wisdom, of His winsomeness.  Forgive the professions which have been but empty words.  Forgive the sins which have brought a reproach upon Thy church.  Forgive us if we have made it difficult to distinguish between the church and the world. 
Save us from the sin of despair.  Light the lamp of hope in every heart.  Fill us with the spirit of expectancy.  Teach us that ruined lives may be rebuilt, and that in Christ is sufficiency for all our needs.  We are thankful that Christ is the way to our Father's house, that there is forgiveness for all, the bread of life for all, and a welcome.  Cleanse us from the defilement of the way; blot out the memories of  the far country; clothe us with the garment of righteousness, and give us the joy of knowing that Thou dost own us as Thy sons and daughters.  Amen.

Frederick T. Keeney, D.D.,
Syracuse, N.Y.