When I was in my parishes and taking assembly for various schools I thought it would be helpful for the children to learn a prayer they could perhaps remember and use. Many knew the Lord’s prayer but I am not sure today how many children (or adults) do.
As a simple way to begin each day this is the prayer from the Alternative Service Book (slightly modifying the old Prayer Book version)
We thank you that you have brought us safely
to the beginning of this day.
Keep us from falling into sin
or running into danger.
Order us in all our doings
and guide us to do always what is right in your eyes
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
What a way to place ourselves in the hand of God. To still be alive, then to seek to do God’s will in the rest of the time allotted to us.
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8