in the eternal present


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O Eternal God,
   though you are not in a state
   that I can see with my eyes
   or touch with my hands,
   please grant me this day
   a clear conviction of your reality and power.
Let me not go forth to my work
   believing only in the world of sense and time,
   but give me grace to understand
   that the world I cannot see or touch
   is the most real world of all.
My life today will be lived in time,
   but eternal issues will be concerned in it.
My business will be with things material,
   but behind them let me be aware of things spiritual.
O God, who dwells in light unapproachable,
   yet also lives within me,
   give me grace today to recognize
   the stirrings of your Spirit within my soul
   and to listen most attentively
   to all that you have to say to me.
Don’t let the noise of the world
   ever so confuse me that I cannot hear you speak.

John Baille, 1886–1960, Scottish theologian
A Diary of Private Prayer, freely modified



For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

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