Reading: “Grow in grace.”—2 Peter 3:18
O God, draw near to me in fullness in Your great mercy. Another peaceful morning has dawned upon me. May it be mine to know the happiness of those who walk all the day in the light of Your countenance.
O best and kindest of Beings, teach me to know, amid the smiles and the frowns, the joys and the sorrows of an ever-changing world, what it is to have an unchanging refuge and portion in You. I can mourn no blank, I can feel no solitude, when I have Your presence and love. If I have nothing beside—stripped and divested of every other blessing—I have the richest of all, if I am at peace with God.
I desire to dwell with devout contemplation on the infinite loveliness of Your moral nature. Lord, I long to have this guilty, erring soul, molded and fashioned in increasing conformity to Your blessed mind and will. Let my great concern from now be to love, serve, and please You more and more. May all Your dealings with me, of whatever kind they be, contribute in promoting this growth in holiness.
May prosperity draw forth a perpetual thank-offering of praise for unmerited mercies. May adversity purify away the dross of worldliness and sin. May every day be finding the power of sin weaker and weaker and the dominion of grace stronger and stronger. Living under the powers of a world to come, may I look forward with joyful expectation to the time when sin shall no longer impede my spiritual growth, when every faculty of a glorified and exalted nature shall be enlisted in Your service in a world of eternal joy.
Adapted from the Rev. John McDuff, D.D., The Morning Watches, 1852.