New Year’s Day Prayer….
Lord thou hast given me so much to love here, now, upon earth, things most lovely, and lives yet dearer; hast given not only my love for them, but theirs for me. O let me see, grasp, cherish they gifts and not be blind or oblivious nor lose, nor spoil, nor shame them.
The apprehension of all this love brings further gifts from thee; deep senses of purification, of thy purposes in time, of grace governing and upholding all, of a secret glory behind the outward scene and of thine own love, immortal, immutable, freely given.
So from the many things I love here, all given by thee, let me draw a wealth that cannot waste, brought to my small quays by the galleons of heaven; and know that thou, who givest love, art love; and he who dwells in love dwells in thee.
by Eric Milner-White, Dean of York 1941-63