A Prayer for the beginning of a new season

by Anna Blanch on August 19, 2009

Today marks the realisation of a project I have been working on for months and will be my final duty before I leave Texas this weekend for some time in Australia before I move to Scotland.

This is in honor of those for whom today marks the beginning of their Graduate Studies.

O LORD,
Length of days does not profit me except the days are passed
in thy presence,
in thy service,
to thy glory.

Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides, sustains,
sanctifies, aids every hour,
that I may not be one moment apart from thee,
but may rely on thy Spirit to
supply every thought,
speak in every word,
direct every step,
prosper every work,
build up every mote of faith,
and give me a desire
to show forth thy praise,
testify thy love,
advance thy kingdom.

I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
with thee, O Father, as my harbor,
thee, O Son, at my helm,
thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.

Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,
my lamp burning,
my ear open to thy calls,
my heart full of love,
my soul free.

Give me thy grace to sanctify me,
thy comforts to cheer,
thy wisdom to teach,
thy right hand to guide,
thy counsel to instruct,
thy law to judge,
thy presence to stabilize.

May thy fear be my awe,
thy triumphs my joy.

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