“Instead remember the fruits we have bought because of this suffering”

The best prayer I know of for today.

The Crooked Line

There will surely be a surge in praying today, even among those like me who aren’t quite sure whether what we’re doing could be considered as prayer. Here’s a prayer you might not have come across before that seems worth highlighting on this day in particular. PW is reading a slightly altered version of it in the interfaith “Back Bay 9/11 Commemoration: From Remembrance to Hope” service later this morning. This was found in the clothing of a child who was killed at the Ravensbrük concentration camp:

O Lord,
Remember not only the men and women of good will, but also those of ill will. But do not remember all of the suffering they have inflicted upon us. Instead remember the fruits we have bought because of this suffering: our comradeship, our loyalty to one another, our humility, our courage, our generosity, the greatness of heart which have become part of…

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2 responses to ““Instead remember the fruits we have bought because of this suffering”

  1. Thank you for all that you do to enrich my worship life, my beloved, amazing daughter.

  2. The wisdom of children never ceases to amaze me. Their willingness to love when it would be easier to hate is remarkable in a time when whole countries hated the Nazi regime. A beautiful blog, Joy.

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