A Morning Prayer from Shakespeare

How thou pleasest, God, dispose the day!

(Henry V, Act 4, Scene 3)

Zarephath

Lord God Adonai,
my defender and provider,
I pray once more
as I have prayed before:
let it be to me
as it was to the widow
of Zarephath.

You know my need of the moment;
you know my need in the future.
You know what is yet to come in,
and what is yet to go out.
You know the state of my jars,
the condition of my pantry.

I lean on you still,
I depend on you
to make much of little
and enough of not enough,
in Jesus' name, amen.

(Based on 1 Kings 17:14)

For Us and Loved Ones on a Day of Many Travels

Lord, go before,
Lord, come behind,
grant safe and timely travel
and peace of mind,
in Jesus' name,
amen.

Whatever May Come Today

Abba, whatever may come today,
I KNOW that you love me,
I KNOW that you saved me,
I KNOW that I belong to you,
I KNOW that your plans for me are good,
I KNOW that you have called me,
I KNOW that you will never leave or forsake me,
I KNOW that you accept me,
I KNOW that you will uphold me and defend me,
whatever I may feel.

Thank you for the things I know.
Please supply also the things you want me to know,
and give me grace to embrace the mystery in all other things,
amen.

We Adore You



Adoramus te, Christe,
et benedicimus tibi,
quia per sanctam crucem tuam
redemisti mundum.
Qui passus es pro nobis,
Domine, Domine, miserere nobis.

English translation:
We adore You, O Christ,
and we bless You,
who by Your Holy Cross
have redeemed the world.
He who suffered death for us,
O Lord, O Lord,
have mercy on us.