“Most High God,
The universe with all its myriad creatures
made by Thy word,
upheld by Thy power,
governed by Thy will.
But Thou art also the Father of mercies,
the God of all grace,
the bestower of all comfort,
the protector of the saved.
Thou hast been mindful of us,
hast visited us, preserved us,
given us a goodly heritage –
the Holy Scriptures,
the joyful gospel,
the Saviour of souls,
We come to Thee in Jesus’ name,
make mention of His righteousness only,
plead His obedience and sufferings
who magnified the law both in its precepts
and penalty, and made it honourable.
May we be justified by His blood,
saved by His life,
joined to His Spirit.
Let us take up His cross and follow Him.
May the agency of Thy grace prepare us
for Thy dispensations.
Make us willing that Thou shouldest
choose our inheritance and
determine what we shall retain or lose,
suffer or enjoy;
If blessed with prosperity may we be free
from its snares,
and use, not abuse, its advantages;
May we patiently and cheerfully submit
to those afflictions which are necessary.
When we are tempted to wander,
hedge up our way,
excite in us abhorrence of sin,
wean us from the present evil world,
Assure us that we shall at last enter
where none is ever sick,
and the sun will always shine.”
“Third Day Morning:God Creator and Controller,” in The Valley of Vision, Ed. Arthur Bennett (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1975/2002), 387-387.