|Art by George Mendoza|
A song for today's Pause for Prayer:
"We Shall Overcome" by Mahalia Jackson
From the depths of your love, Lord,
help me overcome my prejudice,
my bias and my bigotry,
my narrow-minded thinking
and rash judgments...
With the grace of your mercy, Lord,
help me overcome my selfishness,
my feelings of superiority,
my jealousy and greed,
my pride and self-importance...
With the power of your Spirit, Lord,
help me overcome my laziness,
my lustful thoughts and longings,
my apathy and envy
my ungoverned appetites
and my careless disregard of others' needs...
With the justice of your word, Lord,
help me overcome my tendency
to stretch the truth, to cheat and lie,
to take what isn't mine,
to deny what's due to others...
With the power of your love, Lord,
help me overcome my fears,
my worries and anxieties,
my doubts and my uncertainties,
my lack of trust in you and in my neighbor...
With the strength of your arm, Lord,
help me overcome what keeps me down,
what holds me back,
what slows me up,
what locks me in...
With all you have to offer, Lord,
help me overcome what keeps me
from your presence and from prayer,
from your mercy and compassion,
from your love, your peace and joy...
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