common tasks made beautiful

Dear Christ,
help me to take the common things of life and make them beautiful.
Help me to do this today. Let me not wait until tomorrow, or next week,
or next summer for my joy; help me to find it today in the common task,
in accustomed places, with the comrades of my home or market place.
But I cannot do it alone. Dear Christ, I cannot do it alone. Stay Thou
near by. Thou alone canst glorify the beautiful drudergy of life. Thou
alone canst turn valleys into mountaintops. In Thy presecne is fullness
of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures morning, noon and night.
Spirit of Jesus, help me to be a good steward of Thy presence all the day.


-Ralph Cushman, A Pocket Prayer Book, 1941


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