(Hannah More, "Prayer")
That sun that has shone unremittingly from the
day is a stupendous exertion of God's power, an
astonishing exhibition of omnipotence.
In adoring the providence of God, we are apt
to be struck with what is new and out of the
usual course, while we too much overlook long,
habitual, and uninterrupted mercies.
But common mercies, if less striking, are
valuable, because we have them always.
The ordinary blessings of life are overlooked
the very reason for which they ought to be most
prized; because they are most uniformly bestowed.
They are most essential to our being; and when
once they are withdrawn, we begin to find that
they are also most essential to our comfort.
Nothing raises the price of a blessing like its
removal, whereas it was its continuance which
should have taught us its value.
We prefer novelties to awaken our gratitude,
not considering that it is the duration of the
common mercies which enhances their value.
We desire fresh excitements.
We consider mercies long enjoyed as things
taken for granted, as things to which we have a
sort of presumptive claim; as if God had no right to
withdraw what he has once bestowed, as if he were
obliged to continue what he has once been pleased