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“Why should I torture myself” a prayer for reassurance by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy (1927)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=50166 "Why should I torture myself" a prayer for reassurance by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy (1927) 2023-04-19 11:13:25 This untitled prayer by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy accompanied his short reflection, "I Must Not Worry" found in <em><a href="https://opensiddur.org/?p=50110">The Helpful Manual</a></em> (Centre of Jewish Science, 1927), pp. 19-20. 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/ Well-being, health, and caregiving 20th century C.E. תחינות teḥinot 57th century A.M. English vernacular prayer teḥinot in English Jewish Science movement

I MUST NOT WORRY

Why should I worry? How can it help me in any way to sit and brood over any troubles, no matter how real they are or seem? Is it not fear and cowardice which lead me to worry lest events should not come as I wish? Who says that my desire is always right? Do I know what is best for me at all times?

Worry has never aided in the solution of a single human problem. But if I set aside all fear or hesitation, and calmly try to find some sensible way through my difficulty have I not the right to expect some valuable result?

When I worry I merely weaken my power of reasoning, or distort my judgment. I need my best ability when I face a problem, and I can have it only if I am free of all worry. With the aid of God, I can cast out all fear, knowing that He works within me at this moment to help and cheer.

Knowing this, I can control myself through my deeper trust in God and my better reliance upon my own powers. I can prove my character by the way in which I surmount a difficulty, or pass over it. Success can never come to me if I worry, which is a process of weakening, when I most require strength. It is as easy for me to resolve never to worry as it is to believe that I am on earth to do things and not to waste my energy in useless fear. If all is not right, can I not make it as nearly right as lies within my strength? That is what I shall do with the help of Almighty God.


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Why should I torture myself,
while Thou art ever near?
What can be wrong
when Thou directest all?
In Thy Presence all fear is gone,
for Thy Spirit is within me
and about me,
and the right must come to be.
Help me to see the way
to do what will benefit both me
and those around me.
Teach me the Faith
that all is always right,
if we but work with Thee.
Show me how I may find
the way through every difficulty,
even though it be
not as I had hoped.
Make me strong enough
to face each issue as it comes,
and mould it to the best ends.
Banish every oppressing care,
for Thou art shaping the destinies of men,
and what Thou doest is always right.
Grant me the vision
of truth and justice,
that I may guide myself aright,
even according to Thy will.
Help me to see that in the end
all will be well,
as Thou savest me
from pain and trouble.
This be Thy will,
at every turn in life.
Amen.

This untitled prayer by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy accompanied his short reflection, “I Must Not Worry” found in The Helpful Manual (Centre of Jewish Science, 1927), pp. 19-20.

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