"Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits and blessings which Thou has borne for me. O most merciful Friend, Brother, and Redeemer: may I know Thee more clearly, love Thee more dearly, and follow Thee more nearly."
In the latter part of the 20th century part of that prayer was set to music in Godspell’s song, "Day by Day."
"Day by day, day by day,
O dear Lord, three things I pray:
To see Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly,
Day by day, by day, by day."
(Bob Fox "The Messenger", Newsletter Of Georges Road Baptist Church)
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