Prayer Empowerings

 
 We kneel how weak, we rise how full of power!
  Why, therefore, should we do ourselves this wrong,
  Or others -- that we are not always strong;
  That we are ever overborne with care;
  That we should ever weak or heartless be,
  Anxious or troubled, when with us is prayer,
  And joy, and strength, and courage, are with Thee?
  -- Richard Chenevix Trench

 (Note:  I discovered in the back of an old book I inherited from my father's library:  How to Pray by Reuben Archer Torrey (1916).  The poem had been handwritten by the previous owner, Belle McMillan, a mighty prayer warrior and holy woman.)

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