My friend Sue and Marine Mom to Caleb just gave me a book: A Table in the Presence. (2004) by, Lt. Carey H. Cash (ISBN 0-8499-0816-7) I started leafing through the pages and was moved by “My Morning Offering”. This is from the official Marine Corps Field Devotional Book.
O God, for another day, for another morning, for another minute, for another chance to live and serve You, I am truly grateful.
Do…. this day free me:
from all fear of the future,
from all anxiety about tomorrow,
from all bitterness towards anyone,
from all cowardice in the face of danger,
from all laziness in the face of work,
from all failure before opportunity,
from all weakness when Your power is at hand.
But fill me
with Love that knows no barrier,
with Sympathy that reaches all,
with Courage that cannot be shaken,
with Faith strong enough for the darkness,
with Strength sufficient for my tasks,
with Loyalty to Your Kingdom’s goal,
with Wisdom to meet life’s complexities,
with Power to lift me to You.
Be with me for another day, and use me as You will.