Dear God, thank You for the work my hand may find this day. May I find gladness in all its toil and difficulty, its pleasure and success, and even in its failure and sorrow. I would look always away from myself, and behold the glory and the need of the world, that I may have the will and the strength to bring the gift of gladness to others.
I pray to You, in the name of your infinite compassion, to sanctify my thoughts and endeavors this day. Help me not to begin to act without a pure intention or continue it without your blessing. And grant that, having the eyes of my mind opened to behold things invisible and unseen, I may in heart be inspired by your wisdom, and in work be upheld by your strength, and in the end be accepted by you as your faithful servant.
All through this day, O Lord, by the power of your quickening Spirit, let me touch the lives of others for good, whether through the word I speak, the prayer I speak, or the life I live. Let me have the will and the strength to bring the gift of gladness to others. Let me stand to bear the burden and heat of the day and offer you my work, as well as I may accomplish it, in your praise.