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God's Minute for February Twenty-Ninth

Here's today's scripture reference and prayer from "God's Minute", a book published in 1916 that contains 365  366 daily prayers (for this Leap Year of 2008) sixty seconds long for home worship "by the most eminent preachers and laymen in the English speaking world":

The Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.--Ps. 116:7.

                         (THE EXTRA DAY)

O God, in Whose hand is our breath, Thou hast given and received our yesterdays, and dost know what our to-morrows hold for us.  We thank Thee for to-day.  We seek to keep pace with the goings of Thy sun and, therefore add this day to our year.  But we cannot ever keep up with the glory of Thy gifts, since Thou dost do for us exceedingly abundantly above all we are able to ask or to think.
We praise Thee that, when we give ourselves to Thee, Thou dost give us "good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over".  Thy extra gifts come to us in pleasant surprises, in our enlarging selves, in beautiful experiences here that "eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man", in the exhaustless Christ, and in Thy forgiveness.
Fill our hearts with greater tides of love that in the depths of our souls we may increasingly abound in gratitude to Thee for all Thy gifts that are more than can be numbered.  Help us to forsake our murmurings, to forget our bitterness in penitence for our sins, and daily to look for the joys that belong to that perennial newness of life into which Thy holy grace has called us.  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

W.C. Bitting, D.D.,
St. Louis, MIssouri