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We Can Not Merely Pray

– Rabbi Jack Riemer

We cannot merely pray to you O God to end war;

For the World is made in such a way

That we must find our own path of peace

Within ourselves and with our neighbors.

We cannot merely pray to you O God to root out Prejudice:

for we already have eyes

With which to see the good in all people

If we would only use them rightly.

We cannot merely pray to you O God to end starvation:

For we already have 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 end despair:

For we already have 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 we already have great minds

With which to search out cures and healings

If we would only use them constructively.


Therefore we pray instead

For strength, determination, and will power,

To do instead of merely to pray

To become instead of merely to wish:

So that our World may be safe,

And so that our lives may be blessed.

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