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“There are many people that have storms,
but there are very few who know how
to put rainbows over them.” (Henry Ward Beecher. From Henry Ward Beecher’s speech “Heroism in Suffering” delivered in Queen’s Square Congregational Chapel, Brighton England, 26 September 1886. (Brooklyn Magazine Bulletin, Nov. 1886, p. 56.) )
I thank Thee, Heavenly Father,
for being permitted to see the light of another day,
for the privilege of awakening in health
with a feeling of delight
in beholding Thy wondrous works
in the beauties of nature surrounding me.
I bless Thee, Father,
for Thy loving care and protection
during the night gone by,
and for the refreshing slumber
which so strengthens and sustains me
that I may be able to perform the duties assigned me
in a manner acceptable to Thee.
I feel and know my unworthiness,
yet do I pray Thee to continue Thy loving-kindness
and inspire me with courage and faith,
that I yield not to weakness or temptation
in whatever form it may be presented;
and should sorrow or trial again enter my life,
be Thou ever near,
and help me to accept it with courage and resignation,
having the consolation of Thy never-failing love and mercy.
Aid me in my endeavors
to brighten the lives of those around me,
and grant that the close of each day
may find me nearer to Thee
in thought and deed.
This untitled “morning mediation,” a waking prayer, was written by Dinah Julia Levi née Emanuel and included by her daughter, Annie Josephine Levi, in her anthology of teḥinot in English, Meditations of the Heart (1900), pp. 56-57.
|1||From Henry Ward Beecher’s speech “Heroism in Suffering” delivered in Queen’s Square Congregational Chapel, Brighton England, 26 September 1886. (Brooklyn Magazine Bulletin, Nov. 1886, p. 56.)|
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