A prayer for the deed that cries to be done

“Give us grace, O God, to dare to do the deed which we well know cries to be done.  Let us not hesitate because of ease or the words of men’s mouths or our own lives.  Mighty causes are calling us– the freeing of women, the training of children, the putting down of hate and murder and poverty– all of these and more.  But they call with voices that mean work and sacrifice and death.  Mercifully grant us, O God, the spirit of Esther, that we say: I will go to the king and if I perish, I perish.”

~ W.E.B. Du Bois, Prayers for Dark People

This is a prayer for all people.  It is my prayer for you and I.  So, what is the deed that cries to be done, the mighty cause that is calling you?  Don’t be afraid of the voice.  It is your own.

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