Dear God, as I stumble through this life, help me to create more laughter than tears, dispense more cheer than gloom, spread more joy than despair. Let me remind those I meet that our final existence will be total joy, and that we may taste this joy through the Spirit even today.
Have mercy on me according to your steadfast love. With Your abundant mercy, cleanse me from all my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and forgive me from my sin.
Never let me become so indifferent that I will fail to see the wonder in the eyes of a child, or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged. Never let me forget that my total effort is to cheer people, make them happy, and forget momentarily all the temporary unpleasantness in their lives. This I ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.