A Counselor’s Prayer

Michael Hyatt, CEO of Nelson Publisher, suggests a prayer each day for those we work with. Below, I’m adding to it from a school counselor’s perspective.
This prayer was originally composed by Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow (1782–1867).It seems particularly relevant and timely in these turbulent times.

O Lord, grant me to greet the coming day in peace. Help me in all things to rely upon thy holy will. In every hour of the day reveal thy will to me. Bless my dealings with all who surround me. Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul, and with the firm conviction that thy will governs all. In all my deeds and words guide my thoughts and feelings. In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all are sent by thee. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others. Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day and all that it shall bring. Direct my will, teach me to pray, pray thou thyself in me.
-Amen

Edited version from the school counselor’s perspective:
O Lord, grant me to greet the coming day in peace. Help me to be a peaceful presence, especially those who need to sense your presence. Help me in all things to rely upon your holy will. Throughout the day reveal your will to me as I work with students, teachers, parents, and my administrator. Work through me, use me, love them through me, without them seeing me, but rather you. Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul, and with the firm conviction that your will governs all, for you are sovereign and in control of all things. In all my deeds and words guide my thoughts and feelings. Help me to keep my focus on you, that you might be seen. In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all individuals and experiences are sent by you. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others. Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day and all that it shall bring. Direct my will, teach me to pray continually. May your Word always be present in me, that I may not stray from your will, so that you may be honored by my life.
-Amen

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