The day begins and ends with praise:
the voice of dawn, the song of stars,
are praise to you, O Holy One;
the church takes up the song.
So praise encompasses the day:
our daily bread and all your gifts,
the cares and joy of work and home,
are circled round with praise.
The day begins and ends with peace:
the gift of sleep, the morning light,
the evening prayer that offers you
all that the day has held.
So peace encompasses the day:
all that you give, all that may come.
Our days begin and end with you,
and we depart in peace.
Text by Richard Leach, 2000
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