Dear Lord,

As the sun rises and this new day begins, make me mindful of the grace that you have shown in giving me one more day in which to live. Had You dealt with me in strict justice, my days would have come to an end long ago; yet You have been patient and longsuffering. You have given me yet another new day. I thank you so very, very much.

Help me not to receive this day of grace in vain. May I keep in mind that what has come to me this morning is a gift. Let me not take it for granted or fail to respond with awareness, humility, and gratitude.

Help me, O Lord, to respond to Your grace by living soberly and righteously this whole day through, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts. May Your grace have its proper effect upon me and make me more obedient to You, in the sheer joy of gratitude for Your mercy.

Through Jesus Christ I offer these thanks and make these petitions. Amen.

Gary Henry — +

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