THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS (USMC) DEVOTIONAL FIELD BOOK
Almighty Father, whose command is over all and whose love never fails, make me aware of Thy presence and obedient to Thy will. Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose and deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones and Thee without shame or fear. Protect my family. Give me the will to do the work of a Marine and to accept my share of responsibilities with vigor and enthusiasm. Grant me the courage to be proficient in my daily performance. Keep me loyal and faithful to my superiors and to the duties my country and the Marine Corps have entrusted to me. Make me considerate of those committed to my leadership. Help me to wear my uniform with dignity, and let it remind me daily of the traditions which I must uphold.
If I am inclined to doubt, steady my faith, if I am tempted, make me strong to resist; if I should miss the mark, give me courage to try again.
Guide me with the light of truth and grant me wisdom by which I may understand the answer to my prayer. Amen
The United States Marine Corps is indebted to all who gave permission to use worship materials, hymns, and tunes under their control that are used in this Devotional Field Book (DFB). Every effort was made to ensure that all copyrighted works are used by permission of the owners. Acknowledgement of such permission is given in the index of acknowledgements and sources or below the hymns, as appropriate. If, through oversight, any copyrighted material has been used without permission, proper acknowledgement will be given in future printings. Reproduction of copyrighted material is not authorized without permission of the copyright owners.
This pocket-size Devotional Field Book (DFB) is a resource for Command Religious Programs (CRP) in the Fleet Marine Forces (FMF). In addition to being a personal devotional guide for Marines and Sailors, it may be used in conducting divine services or lay led services. This book has been designed primarily to support those FMF operations where limited printed resources are available for the CRP.
The scriptures, prayers, hymns and songs, statements of faith and meditations contained in this book were carefully chosen by chaplains, Marines and Sailors. These selections have historically offered guidance, encouragement and support to people in time of need. This book is dedicated to the hope that it will lead others to the inexhaustible resources of God.
And God spoke all these words, saying,
2 "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 "You shall have no other gods before me.
4 "You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7 "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
8 "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your manservant, or your maidservant, or your cattle, or the sojourner who is within your gates; 11 for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it.
12 "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the LORD your God gives you.
13 "You shall not kill.
14 "You shall not commit adultery.
15 "You shall not steal.
16 "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor's."
12 "And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,
13 and to keep the commandments and statues of the LORD, which I command you this day for your good?
14 Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it;
15 yet the LORD set his heart in love upon your fathers and chose their descendants after them, you above all peoples, as at this day.
16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn.
17 For the LORD your God is God of gods and LORD of lords, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, who is not partial and takes no bribe.
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