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Prayer on Losing Some One Near and Dear, by Lilian Helen Montagu (1895)


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Prayer on losing some one near and dear.
Almighty God,—
Bow down Thine ear unto me
and hear me,
for I cry unto Thee in my grief.
Do not forsake me, O Lord,
for without Thy love I cannot live.
O Lord, God of love,
who hast created me in Thy image,
and made it possible for me too to love,
Thou wilt not cut me off for ever
from those dear ones who have gone before me!
Thou wilt cause me to be with them again,
at the time when it shall please Thee.
Give me patience!
Strengthen my trust,
for I am sorely tried.
Teach me, O Lord,
the lesson of death,
that I may try to make the most of my life,
and, as far as possible work for my salvation.
I feel so lonely, O Lord!
I long for the strong human love
which is veiled from me now.
Oh, in my anguish, give me courage.
Make me rely upon myself and be strong.
Thou art the Father of the living and the dead!
I cannot understand Thy hidden ways.
May Thy will be done!
The Lord gave,
and the Lord hath taken away;
blessed be the name of the Lord! (Job 1:21)
Lord, make me to know mine end,
and the measure of my days, what it is,
that I may know how frail I am. (Psalms 39:4)

“Prayer on Losing Some One Near and Dear” was written by Lilian Helen Montagu and published in Prayers for Jewish Working Girls (1895), pp. 27-28.






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