Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Good Morning

Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes: "Morning does not belong to the individual; it belongs to all the church of the triune God, to the community of Christians livng together, to the community of brothers [Bruderschaft]."

It is common to think that we own the day - 'today is my day,' 'my space,' 'my time.' Yet each day - every hour and minute come by way of gracious gift of which we have no claim. Even prayer comes by way of God's gift. For in the morning worship of the church we pray that God "open thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth thy praise" (ps. 51:15).

Heavenly Father, grant Your mercy and grace to Your people in their many and various callings. Give them patience, and strengthen them in their Christian vocation of witness to the world and of service to their neighbor in Christ's name. You give us the breath of life and grant the church life every day that we might continue to proclaim your eternal peace, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

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