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Meditation on Work, by Lilian Helen Montagu (1895)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=50663 Meditation on Work, by Lilian Helen Montagu (1895) 2023-05-08 11:07:08 "Meditation on Work" was written by Lilian Helen Montagu and published in <em><a href="https://opensiddur.org/?p=50550">Prayers for Jewish Working Girls</a></em> (1895), pp. 5-6. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Lilian Helen Montagu https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Labor, Fulfillment, and Parnasah 19th century C.E. תחינות teḥinot 57th century A.M. Jewish Women's Prayers English vernacular prayer teḥinot in English West Central Girls' Club

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Meditation on work.
Thou, O Lord,
hast ordered for me
a life of work,
for it is said that the labour of the righteous
tendeth to life (Proverbs 10:16).
It is impossible to understand life without work.
A man or woman who lives in idleness
does not really live at all.
It is work which brings out and trains our powers.
It is in our work that we can show our faithfulness unto Thee.
It is through work that we can obtain
peace of mind and earnestness of heart.
It is to those who are idle
that life seems hopeless.
I shall cast my burden upon the Lord
and He will sustain me (Psalms 55:22).
It is because I work that I find rest so pleasant,
for sweet is the sleep of the labourer (Ecclesiastes 5:12).
On looking round me,
I see people striving and toiling
to earn their daily bread,
and I sometimes ask myself
what is the use of it all.
But I know that they
that wait upon the Lord
shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles (Isaiah 40:31),
and that though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I need fear no evil,
for Thou art with me (Psalms 23:4).
My mind cannot hope to understand
why life is so difficult and hard,
but I commit my way unto the Lord (Psalms 37:5),
and trust that through resisting trouble
I may become strong,
and through turning from temptation
I may be led unto my God.

“Meditation on Work” was written by Lilian Helen Montagu and published in Prayers for Jewish Working Girls (1895), pp. 5-6.






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