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God's Minute for August 25th

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

God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause His face to shine upon us; That Thy way may be known upon earth.  Thy saving health among all nations.  Let the people praise Thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.  O let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for Thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.--Ps. 67:1-4.  

     Our God and Father, we render Thee our thanks and praise for all the good of this day.  New were Thy mercies in the morning, and sweet is Thy love in the evening hour.  We bless Thee that Thou hast given us this day our daily bread; that Thou hast not forgotten us even in those self-centered moments when we forgot Thee.
    And now we pray Thee to watch over and preserve us, body and soul, during the hours of the day and night.  May our rest and sleep be sweet to us.  May we be brought to this new day refreshed and encouraged for all its duties and privileges, its sorrows and joys.
    When we come at last to life's evening hour, and the night of death begins to fall about us, may we by faith look beyond its darkness to the breaking of the eternal day.  We ask all in the name and through the merits of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
    Amen.

Robert Hugh Morris, D.D.,
Philadelphia, Penna.