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Prayer of Thanksgiving on Recovering from Sickness, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

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Freed from the painful couch of sickness, Thou O God of kindness, hast again restored me to happy life: from the holy cup of Thy salvation I drank recovery in abundant measure. Intoxicated with joy I bring unto Thee the thank-offering of a heart filled with delight, I praise Thy wondrous power, and inspired with renewed ardour of life, every beat of my pulse shall thank Thee. Precious pearl from the hand of heaven—health—oh precious gem, the gift of God! may I always preserve thee, never forget thy high value, and not lavishingly waste or exhaust thee, divine present! Every succeeding hour will I economically employ for the salvation of my soul; I will lay up every moment with interest; I will draw advantage from every breath of life, to serve Thee, my Creator, with body and soul בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם הַגּוֹמֵל לְחַיָּבִים טוֹבוֹת שֶׁגְּמָלַנִי כָּל טוֹב “Praised be Thou, O Eternal, who deals benevolently with the guilty, and hast bestowed upon me every good.” Amen.

“Prayer of Thanksgiving on Recovering from Sickness” was first published in Marcus Heinrich Bresslau’s collection of teḥinot, Teḥinot Banot Yisrael: Devotions for the Daughters of Israel (1852).

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