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God's Minute: Evermore Give Us This Peace

What a wonderful start to a new week!

A slow and easy rising from restful sleep, some time to be with Heart Of My Heart and love on our baby pup Gibbs.  Welcomed by a bright new day, with blue skies and cool breezes.  The nice drive into the city and back with the top down.  The serenity that fills the air.  Crispy bacon, Cheerios, some yogurt, and good coffee.  And Quiet.  Now this is Peace.

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":

My peace I give unto you.--John 14: 27.

     O Thou Who art the giver of every good and perfect gift, in Whose unfailing love we live and move and have our being, and without Whom we should be poor indeed, enable us, we beseech Thee, to discern even more clearly Thine abounding goodness to us, and as Thou hast made us rich in blessings, make us also rich in gratitude.  We praise Thee, our Father, for those revelations of Thy love with which we are most familiar, and which we are all too prone to forget; for rising and setting suns, and the stars; for clouds and winds and passing seasons; for the outer light in which we walk serenely and dwell securely; and the light within, the true light, which witnesses to our oneness with Thee.  Wilt Thou help us reverently to interpret all our blessings in terms of Thy love.  We thank Thee for our friends and all that friendship has meant to us, and that we may think of ourselves as friends of Jesus Christ.  Wilt Thou help us also to understand what high obligations such friendship lays upon us.  We praise Thee for Thy gift of peace -- that peace which the world cannot give nor take away, the peace of those who have found their sanctuary in the love and goodness of God.  Evermore give us this peace.  In His name, who came to bring us peace.  Amen.

G. Glenn Atkins, D.D., L.L.B.,
Providence, R. I.