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Prayer for Armed Forces in Combat, by Rabbi Dr. David de Sola Pool (1951)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=44911 Prayer for Armed Forces in Combat, by Rabbi Dr. David de Sola Pool (1951) 2022-06-08 23:17:14 This prayer by Rabbi Dr. David de Sola Pool was included in the anthology, <em>The Prayer Book of the Armed Forces</em> (ed. Daniel A. Poling, 1951), pp. 72-73. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) David de Sola Pool https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ War Military Personnel &amp; Veterans United States in the Korean War 20th century C.E. 58th century A.M. English vernacular prayer paraliturgical elohai neshamah Cold War (1947–1953)
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I am not alone, O God,
for Thou art with me
everywhere.
Therefore I can be strong
wherever I may be.
And wherever I may be
I cannot be far from the beauty and inspiration of the life
that I knew when I was at home.
For Thou hast given me not only a body
but also a soul.
That spirit which Thou hast breathed into me[1]  Cf. the prayer upon waking, Elohai Neshamah.”  holds ever close within me
the conscience and the striving after beautiful living,
which gave so much light and loveliness
to my childhood and youth.
I did not always choose the good
or always do the right,
but I did not stand alone,
for there were my loved ones at home,
my teachers,
my religious leaders,
my true friends,
and so many in the past who helped me
toward clean, upstanding, and fine living.
The blessing of their influence is still with me,
and it lives on in my soul
to uphold my own striving for betterment,
for moral strength
and for courage to do the right.
So I pray Thee, O God,
now that I am physically far away from home,
help me to hold
ever in my mind,
in my heart,
and in my soul
the thought
of all those influences for better living,
the sense
of nearness to my loved ones,
and the feeling
that Thou art with me everywhere at all times.
With Thee upholding me
I cannot be afraid.
With me hearkening to Thy voice
that speaks within my soul
I cannot fail.
Amen.

This prayer by Rabbi Dr. David de Sola Pool was included in the anthology, The Prayer Book of the Armed Forces (ed. Daniel A. Poling, 1951), pp. 72-73.

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1 Cf. the prayer upon waking, Elohai Neshamah.”
 

 

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