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God's Minute: December 26th

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":

We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. - Rom. 5:1.

      Our Father, Thou Who sittest upon a throne high and lifted up, Whose glory fills the Heavens, make us conscious this morning that Thou art not far from any one of us, Thy children.  Thou hast revealed Thy nearness to us in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Help us to see that our selfishness is the only thing that can separate us from Thee.  Take out of our hearts every selfish impulse, and fill them with a holy love for Thee.  Then we know that there shall be fulfilled for us the promise of Jesus, that Thou, our Father, and He, our Brother, shall come in and dwell with us this day.  Speak to us by Thy still, small voice.
      Christmas Day has come and gone.  We have given and we have received the tokens of friendship and love.  We cannot repeat this gifts every day, but we earnestly beseech Thee that the Christmas spirit may abide in our hearts and in the hearts of (hu)mankind everywhere.  Take out of our hearts every trace of jealousy and hatred toward any of Thy children, and give us the attitude toward all (hu)mankind which was in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Hasten the day when our ears shall hear the morning stars singing together and all the sons (and daughters) of men (and women) joining with the angelic choir in the anthem of the first Christmas morning, "Peace on earth among [all] of goodwill."  Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

- Rev. Frank W. Padelford,
  Boston, Massachusetts