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God's Minute for February 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":

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is in the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.--Romans 8: 26-28.

The way is long, our Father, and sometimes very weary.  We crowd and bruise one another in passing, and often we forget the goal in the heat and hurry of the pilgrimage.  Start us forth, we pray, each day with fresh courage, and whisper in our hearts a little song to gladden our steps as we yake up our burdens anew.  Grant that the lightest of these may ever be our conscience, and that we may never be too laden with personal troubles to carry the balm of sympathy for friend and foe.  Above all, grant us the gift of clear vision, that we may pierce the doubts and fears of the passing moment, and dwell with unfaltering confidence upon the ultimate fact of Thy love.  Amen.

Alice Hegan Rice,
     Louisville, Ky,