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A Prayer for the Despondent, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)


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O Lord:
Life is not always easy;
the path often seems obscured;
worry and doubt seem only too real.
Where can I find strength and courage
but in the calm resolve that comes from seeking Thee!
Be a refuge to me
from the harsh demands of the world,
from the strife
and vexations
that weigh on me.
Deliver me, O Lord,
from the oppression of selfish thoughts
and moods.
Help me to escape
from vain imaginings and delusions
which have too much power over me.
Let me learn to quiet my soul
that I may truly find rest in Thee.
May I retreat only so that I may better move forward again.
May I who have tasted bitter dregs
use my new awareness of life
to learn humility and thankfulness.
I pray to be given the strength of spirit
to accept that which cannot be altered,
and go forth to do my utmost to develop,
to help in that which can become a ground for achievement.
Then will I have learned
to turn defeat into victory.
Then with the help of Thy guiding spirit
will I be able to express the best that is within me,
in light and in hope.

“A Prayer for the Despondent” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 45, from where this prayer was transcribed.






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