Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Cor. 15:57-58)
Every morning, a specially appointed brother or sister walked along roamed the corridors of knocking on the doors of monks and nuns to wake them up to greet the day, and the Lord of the day.
As we emerge from our sleep-stupor and jumbled dreams, may we, as within cloistered walls, hear in spirit this summons to bless and praise our Lord: ‘Benedicamus Domino.’
In answer to this invitation we reply: ‘Deo Gratias’ – Thanks be to God: a response that shapes and sets the tone for the day, and which continues the call to unbroken communion.
When you wake, my very dear friend,
let the clearest Deo Gratias rise unbidden from your lips.
Whether the day bids fair to happy things, or bodes full of weighty strains, may you seize this chance to stay your mind on Christ.
With practised hand, reach for the breastplate of righteousness and the helmet of salvation, placing all that preoccupies your mind before the Lord, and all the cares that would wear down upon your soul.
May He give you grace to shape and craft all that you have seen or felt and to turn it into prayer, and so make room for the Lord to move in and through and far beyond.
Firmly fix the belt of truth that sets you apart,
so that by the time you break your fast,
with the sword of the Spirit strapped to your side,
in your footsteps may be left an imprint of peace
that comes from the Prince of Peace Himself.
The Lord has many things that none but you can do, so rise up now in Spirit to do the bidding of your heavenly King.
In His name welcome whatever chances come your way to mentor and be mentored, to praise and to pray, to ponder and perform for love of Him.
This day, may your words ring out in love to comfort and inspire – and to point people to the Source.
May Jesus give you the wisdom to identify the specific things that He would have you attend to throughout the day:
the issues for which you must contend,
the ones whom He would have you befriend,
any potential dead end that He would have you hold at bay.
May you pray prayers that count in Heaven’s court,
Countering and confounding inner and outer disarray,
scattering fear and shattering strongholds.
May the God of Light confirm and strengthen you in each good habit and in every good way – and lead you over round and past every potential stumbling stone.
May you reach your resting place each night an undaunted Deo Gratias on your lips and in your heart.
Deo Gratias, Glory be to God most High
for each project you have laboured in,
whether now complete or as yet half formed.
Deo Gratias to the King of Kings, for every sign of His Kingdom that He has sent and that you have followed.
Deo Gratias to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and to His Coming King, who strengthens and delivers you from every threat and snare,
and speeds you on your earthly race,
ever singing in your heart this power-full refrain:
Deo Gratias. Deo Gratias.