Brokenhearted Theology, Quotes, Ramblings

A Prayer..

I’m reading through some books for a paper I’m writing and came across this prayer from Jack Riemer, a Jewish Rabbi and theologian. 

We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to end war;
For we know that You have made the world in a way
That man must find his own path to peace
Within himself and with his neighbor.
We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to end starvation;
For you have already given us the resources
With which to feed the entire world
If we would only use them wisely.
We cannot merely pray to You, O God,
To root out prejudice,
For You have already given us eyes
With which to see the good in all men
If we would only use them rightly.
We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to end despair,
For You have already given us the power
To clear away slums and to give hope
If we would only use our power justly.
We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to end disease,
For you have already given us great minds with which
To search out cures and healing,
If we would only use them constructively.
Therefore we pray to You instead, O God,
for strength, determination, and willpower,
To do instead of just to pray,
To become instead of merely to wish.

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One thought on “A Prayer..

  1. I like this. I’ve been really anxious/frustrated lately about how doing the church thing, sitting in Bible studies, etc. often changes my mind, but it seldom changes my actions. Life is often lived in the tension the exists between God’s actions and ours. Maybe the fact that I don’t feel enough tension means that I’m not putting enough emphasis on my own “embodyment” of the call!

    Good stuff! Thanks for posting it.

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