A Morning Prayer

“I Cannot Do This Alone”

O God, early in the morning I cry to you.
Help me to pray
And to concentrate my thoughts on you;
I cannot do this alone.

In me there is darkness,
But with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with you
   there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is
   peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you
   there is patience.
I do not understand your ways,
But you know the way for me…

Restore me to liberty,
And enable me to live now
That I may answer before you and
   before men.
Lord, whatever this day may bring.
Your name be praised.
Amen.
   — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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