One day at a time, Sweet Jesus.

A relic of my childhood is a perhaps surprising familiarity with Country and Western Music.  I’m probably one of the few Scottish Episcopal clergy to have seen Johnny Cash live on stage in the Edinburgh Playhouse.  And my mother’s taste for Tammy Wynette meant I had actually learnt all the words for “Stand By Your Man” by the age of 7!  But she was/is still a fan of Lena Martell and particularly her song “One Day at a time sweet Jesus” as linked to above.  It’s still a song i like.  this prayer by Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow goes well with it

“Lord, give me the strength to greet the coming day in peace. Help me in all things to rely on your holy will. Reveal your will to me every hour of the day. Bless my dealings with all people. Teach me to treat all people who come to me throughout the day with peace of soul and with firm conviction that your will governs all. In all my deeds and words guide my thoughts and feelings. In unexpected events, let me not forget that all are sent by you. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others. Give me the physical strength to bear the labors of this day. Direct my will, teach me to pray, and you yourself, pray in me. Amen.”

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