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Prayer for a blessing on daily pursuits.
may it please Thee to pour Thy blessing
on the employments of this day,
more particularly on those tasks
Thou hast so mercifully permitted me
to commence, both in deed and thought.
Oh, give me Thy divine assistance
in cultivating those talents Thou
in Thine infinite goodness
hast bestowed on me,
that I may complete my self-appointed task
in a manner as acceptable to Thee
as pleasing to my parents
and improving to myself.
Grant me strength, oh Lord,
and talent to finish all I undertake,
that, in all I do,
I may remember to bless Thy hand
and praise Thy holy Name, almighty Father,
for giving me enjoyment within myself,
that I need not look for pleasure
farther than my parents’ home.
Oh, how can I praise Thee
for Thine infinite goodness,
almighty and gracious God?
How can I praise Thee for the blessings
with which Thou hast gilded my lot?
Oh, add yet more to Thy great goodness, almighty Father,
and improve and increase those talents
Thou hast already bestowed on me,
that I may not dread the quick flight of youth
and all its appropriate pleasures;
for if Thou, All-wise, All-merciful,
wilt hearken to my prayer,
enjoyment will yet be my portion,
and I will praise Thy name
in humble and fervent gratitude to Thee.
Oh, pour Thy blessing
on every employment, merciful Father,
that I may have strength and ability
to complete the tasks I have begun.
Oh, hear me, my God,
oh hearken to the simple and fervent petition
I offer up in humbleness and faith to Thee.
Thou wilt not disregard my prayer,
for my trust is in Thee,
and Thou hast promised to answer
all who call upon Thee;
then hear me and answer me, almighty Father,
blessed be Thy holy name. —
“Prayer for a Blessing on Daily Pursuits” by Grace Aguilar was published posthumously by her mother Sarah Aguilar in Essays and Miscellanies (1853), in the section “Sacred Communings,” pp. 227-228. The prayer does not appear in the UK edition of Sacred Communings (1853).
“Prayer for a Blessing on Daily Pursuits, by Grace Aguilar (ca. 1830s)” is shared by the living contributor(s) with a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication 1.0 Universal license.