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“To whom life is everlasting” a prayer in the face of mortality by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy (1927)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=50207 "To whom life is everlasting" a prayer in the face of mortality by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy (1927) 2023-04-19 15:07:40 This untitled prayer by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy accompanied his short reflection, "Facing Eternity" found in <em><a href="https://opensiddur.org/?p=50110">The Helpful Manual</a></em> (Centre of Jewish Science, 1927), p. 25. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Clifton Harby Levy https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Dying 20th century C.E. תחינות teḥinot 57th century A.M. English vernacular prayer teḥinot in English mortality memento mori Jewish Science movement

FACING ETERNITY

Every day we live we face Eternity. No one can know when the last day on earth may come. But that should not make us afraid. With God working within us and about us we cannot fear. We know that this casting aside of the body, is part of the great law of life, only an incident, and whenever it occurs is right, according to the will and the laws of God.

Because life is to us a continuous whole, we have no fear of turning the corner which leads to Spiritual existence. All the days of thought and effort are leading the way towards that Infinity which is true of the Spirit alone. Because we too are Divine, we feel the touch of Eternity and go to meet it, fearlessly and confidently, in harmony with all existence.

It has no terrors for the soul which knows itself as part of the Divine Source. We voice our aspiration for Infinity through the Spirit within.


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O Thou, to Whom life is everlasting
and with Whom time is swallowed up in Eternity,
unto Thee do I commit my Spirit.
Grant me the power of knowing
more surely every day I live
that this stream of life
flows on to Infinity.
Help me to the higher courage
which shall prepare me for any event,
and make me ever ready
to face Eternity at Thy will.
Deepen the consciousness
of Thy love and mercy
that I may be made more certain
of Thy boundless kindness,
and that all Thou doest
is for the benefit of Thy creatures
here on earth.
Teach me the way to accept Thy will,
even when it parts me from one I love,
for a time,
sure that the Spirit lives always
and that in Spiritual communion
we are ever together.
Out of my weakness give me strength,
out of my blindness light,
that I may be ever ready
to share that Eternal life,
reserved for all
who come to Thee
through the Spirit.
Amen.

This untitled prayer by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy accompanied his short reflection, “Facing Eternity” found in The Helpful Manual (Centre of Jewish Science, 1927), p. 25.

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