First of all, THANK YOU to everyone who made my birthday amazing. 🙂 Cards, texts, facebook messages, balloons, flowers, food, hugs, and more. It was wonderful. I was especially in awe of God when as I went to bed last night, the follow prayer by Metropolitan Tryphon “just happened” to be the closing prayer in my devotion for yesterday:
I was born a weak defenseless child, but your angel, spreading his radiant wings, guarded my cradle. From my birth, your love has illumined my paths, and has wondrously guided me towards the light of eternity. From my first day until now, the generous gifts of your providence have been wonderfully showered upon me. I give you thanks, and with all those who have come to know you, I exclaim:
Glory to You for calling me into being,
Glory to You for spreading out before me the beauty of the universe,
Glory to You for revealing to me through heaven and earth the eternal book of wisdom,
Glory to Your eternity within this fleeting world,
Glory to You for Your mercies, seen and unseen,
Glory to You for every sigh of my sorrows,
Glory to You for every step in my life’s journey, for every moment of joy,
Glory to You, O God, from age to age.
Now if that isn’t the perfect prayer to discover on a birthday, I don’t know what is! And now, God, may I be able to pray this prayer EVERY day of my life… GLORY TO YOU!