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Meditation on the Sabbath, by Lilian Helen Montagu (1895)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=50693 Meditation on the Sabbath, by Lilian Helen Montagu (1895) 2023-05-08 19:01:55 "Meditation on the Sabbath" 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. 18-19. 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/ Erev Shabbat 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 the Sabbath.
Thou, O Lord, hast commanded us
to honour the Sabbath day,
and to keep it holy.
How best can I do this?
Not by wearing finery,
for it is man who looketh on the outward appearance,
but God looketh on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).
I do not honour the Sabbath
by parading the streets
and staring into shop-windows;
nor do I keep it holy
by making it a day of feasting.
But it is good for me to draw near unto Thee,
to make the Lord God my refuge (Psalms 72:28).
On the Sabbath day
I must set apart some time for prayer,
so that I may obtain strength and courage
to go through the toil of the coming week.
Even though I am tired out when the Sabbath comes,
I will not spend too many hours in bed,
so as to deny myself the benefit of having communion with Thee!
for the entrance of Thy words giveth light;
it gives understanding to the simple (Psalms 119:130).
It is not displeasing unto Thee
that I should rejoice on the Sabbath day,
for it is Thy command
that I should serve Thee with gladness.
I will seek pure enjoyments,
and try to share them
with my parents, sisters, and brothers.
It is not displeasing unto Thee
that I should walk and take healthy exercise,
for the glory of young people is their strength (Proverbs 20:29).
I will strive to approach nearer to Thee,
that I may see Thy light,
and Thou wilt create in me a clean heart,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

“Meditation on the Sabbath” was written by Lilian Helen Montagu and published in Prayers for Jewish Working Girls (1895), pp. 18-19.

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