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Tuesday’s Prayer, by Lilian Helen Montagu (1895)


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Tuesday’s prayer.
Almighty Father,—
I thank Thee
for Thy never-ceasing mercies;
let me not be afraid.
Increase my faith in Thee
day by day.
O Lord,
whether we are rich or poor,
Thou hast given us our special tasks.
If we work thoroughly,
earnestly and well,
we are doing Thy work,
whatever our calling in life may be.
Let me never forget this,
and grant that I may never feel ashamed of my work,
for then I should prove myself faithless unto Thee.
Whether we are rich or poor,
we have all alike
to bear troubles,
and misfortunes.
If we could only understand,
we should know that these troubles
are often of our own making,
and that we are responsible for them.
O Lord,
give me strength
to try to leave a little corner of the world
rather better than I found it!
Let me never be crushed by grief;
raise me,
lead me,
strengthen me!
Thou hast given me the power
to rise triumphantly above circumstances;
no human barrier,
no accident of fortune,
need hold me back,
if I am brave and faithful.
O Lord,
I am Thy messenger,
grant that I may carry out worthily
the great duties Thou hast imposed upon me!
Order my steps in Thy word,
and let not any iniquity
have dominion over me. (Psalms 119:133)

“Tuesday’s Prayer” was written by Lilian Helen Montagu and published in Prayers for Jewish Working Girls (1895), pp. 12-13.






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