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God's Minute

          "I have only just a minute,
               Only sixty seconds in it,
          Forced upon me--can't refuse it
               Didn't seek it, didn't choose it,
          But it's up to me to use it.
               I must suffer if I lose it,
                               Give account if I abuse it,
                                   Just a tiny little minute--
                               But eternity is in it."

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

I thank God, Whom I serve. - II Timothy 1:3

"O God, Whose paternal goodness is unfailingly tender and constant, we unite as a family to yield Thee glad and earnest praise and to invoke upon our home and all its interests Thy gracious and heavenly blessing.  Cause us so to realize our utter dependence upon Thee and our profound obligation toward Thee, that we may submit ourselves anew to Thy sovereign sway, live our lives henceforth as in Thine all-searching sight, and consistently show ourselves Thine.  We bring to Thee at this time all who are in any wise related to our home, and any who may be attempting to live their lives apart from Thee.  Suffer none of us to be enticed from the path of simplicity, purity, or honor.  Keep us from every form of secularity and avarice, defend us from the seductive snares of vanity and pride, and enable us to serve Thee with such undivided fidelity in this life that in the life to come we may all receive Thine exceeding great reward.  And with this prayer for ourselves, we beseech of Thee in behalf of those without -- our neighbors, our friends, and all classes and conditions of men -- that it may please Thee to give them likewise of Thy fatherly favor, to further them in all their undertakings and relationships, and to bring them with us at length into Thine Heavenly household, where we may praise Thee ever, world without end.  Amen."

John Balcom Shaw, D.D.,
Elmira, New York,