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If you fancy your hold on your fortune is lost,
Get a grip;
Get a grip;
Get a grip.
There is nothing that's lost that is hopelessly lost,
Get a grip.
Get a grip.
A. J. WATERHOUSE.
O Thou God of Courage, who hast never faltered in Thy confidence that in the end man should do Thy will, give us now abundantly of Thy divine courage. Help us to get a grip upon ourselves, and to stand steady when things seem to be at their worst. Give us tenacity of purpose so that we may prove by practice Thy promise to help those who help themselves. And if sometimes in extreme trial, our work becomes so thwarting that we doubt even Thy wisdom, still help us to keep a grip on Thee as a God that ever lives and loves. Amen.
LEE S. McCOLLESTER.
Let me to-day do something that shall take
A little sadness from the world's vast store, And
may I be so favored as to make Of joy's too scanty sum a little more.
However meagre be my worldly wealth,
kind A word of courage, or a thought of health,
Dropped as I pass for troubled hearts to find.
Let me to-night look back upon the span
'Twixt dawn and dark, and to my conscience say Because of some good act to beast or man, The world is better that I lived to-day.”
ELLA WHEELER Wilcox.
Our Heavenly Father, it is a comfort to us to know that Thou knowest our frame, with all its weaknesses and imperfections, that the impossible is never required of us. Thou hast promised grace, and strength and wisdom to enable us to live lives so helpful, true and loving that our associates will be profited and blessed. Make our hearts Thy home. Purge us from all selfishness; flood our natures with Thy Spirit; and let Thy love flow forth from us in gracious streams, blessing the souls of men, and enabling each to glorify and honor Thee day by day. Amen.
THOMAS S. BOND.
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Ever in the deepest reverence, we bow our heads before the Father of Life. We are but parts and He the whole. We gladly bow before the true, the good, the beautiful, for our reverence brings to us the qualities that we adore. Our worship brings to us a knowledge of what our life is for. We are to realize ourselves in God. In His beauty we are to become beautiful; in His joy we are to find joy; and in His strength we are to find strength. That through His qualities, we may also become creators. May the outreaching of our being each dawning day be for more of life, more of God. Amen.
WILSON M. BACKUS.
Oh, sing the glad song of the morning,
When over the great world's rim
That one must smile back at him !
And sing the brave song of the noontide,
Though the burden of work be great;
task will abate.
Then sing the sweet song of the evening,
Contented that strife be o'er;
Agnes M. CHOATE.
Father, we thank Thee for this day of life and opportunity. Help us to keep a song in our hearts through all its hours that may bring joy and inspiration to others. Lead us to someone whom we may cheer and help. May we realize how very near Thou art when within whisper-reach of our souls. Strengthen us for every task by Thy indwelling spirit and Thy overshadowing presence so that we may feel Thine everlasting arms are underneath us and that Thy mighty hand is over our heads. Make us wise in judgment, calm in spirit, gentle in our attitude toward others. “Let Thy greatness flow 'round our incompleteness; 'round our restlessness, Thy rest." Amen.
OLIN BURR COIT.
To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, to do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.
William HENRY CHANNING.
Help us, O Father, to lift up our hearts in prayer to Thee this morning, that we may start the day aright. May this moment of sweet communion be but the beginning of a day of fellowship, as we shall be divinely guided in all our thoughts and deeds. Teach us to-day a new fight against evil and of thanksgiving for Thy watchful care. Then when the tasks of the day can be again laid aside and we shall return to the place of rest in sleep, may we rejoice in Thy answer to this petition and be satisfied that another day's journey has indeed brought us our heavenly home and our heavenly Father. Amen.
LEON A. LOSEY.