A Prayer to Be an Instrument of Social Justice   4 comments

The Reverend Theodore Parker (1810-1860), U.S. Abolitionist

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Father, I ask not for wealth or fame,

Though once they would have joyed my carnal sense;

I shudder not to bear a hatred name,

Wanting all wealth, myself my sole defense,

But give me, Lord, eyes to behold the truth,

A seeing sense that knows the eternal right,

A heart with pity filled and gentlest ruth;

A valiant faith that makes all darkness light;

Give me the power to labor for mankind;

Make me the mouth of such as cannot speak;

Eyes let me be to groping folk, and blind;

A conscience to the base; and to the weak

Let me be hands and feet; and to the foolish, mind;

And lead me still further on such as your kingdom seek.

–Quoted in The Communion of Saints:  Prayers of the Famous, edited by Horton Davies (Grand Rapids, MI:  Eerdmans, 1990), p. 21

Posted July 26, 2010 by neatnik2009 in Community and Country 1900s

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