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Interdependence, a prayer by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (19 November 1944)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=46341 Interdependence, a prayer by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (19 November 1944) 2022-08-25 18:44:21 "Interdependence" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1879-1958) was originally written for the 50th Anniversary of the World's Young Women's Christian Association, 19 November 1944. The prayer was included by Rabbi Morrison David Bial in his anthology, <em><a href="https://opensiddur.org/?p=32508">An Offering of Prayer</a></em> (1962), p. 55. It's likely that Rabbi Bial first read the prayer in an anthology of prayer by Stephen Hole Fritchman, <em>Prayers of the Free Spirit</em> (1945), p. 38. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Dorothy Canfield Fisher https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ National Brotherhood Week 20th century C.E. 58th century A.M. interdependence Post–World War II economic expansion
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Almighty God, Eternal Spirit,
we for whom Thou art the only hope of life
acknowledge our need of Thee now.
By the skill of head and hand,
man has shortened the distance
between the homes of his fellows,
till all on our globe are now neighbors.
Help us, O God, Joyful Spirit of Universal Love,
to make this new closeness a blessing to us all.
Help us to believe in our heart’s core
that none of us can know joy,
safety,
content,
if others do not know hope.
By the skill of head and hand,
man has brought forth
such wealth of material goods
as no other generation has known.
Help us to know
that none of us is safe
in the enjoyment of our man-made wealth
if all cannot have a share.
Almighty God,
move us to put our whole trust in Thee
and Thy all-powerful spirit of love.
May we draw from Thee
that faith in the human spirit
which alone gives meaning to efforts
for the common good.
Inspire us with that universal faith
in the might of goodness,
which means wholeness and life
for all human souls.
Amen.

“Interdependence” by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1879-1958) was originally written for the 50th Anniversary of the World’s Young Women’s Christian Association, 19 November 1944. The prayer was included by Rabbi Morrison David Bial in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 55. It’s likely that Rabbi Bial first read the prayer in an anthology of prayer by Stephen Hole Fritchman, Prayers of the Free Spirit (1945), p. 38.

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