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David Rhys Williams: Prayers

FOR FAMILIES

O God, whose home is the universe and whose universe is also our home: we lift up grateful hearts that the human race dwells together in families and that members of our families dwell together in trust and love. Bless us all—old and young, parents and children alike—in common cause.

WISDOM OF THE AGES

O Life, the great teacher of humanity: we are thankful that through sorrow we are taught the meaning of human sympathy; through suffering, we are led to learn the secret of patience; through defeat, the virtue of humility; through doubt, the creative power of faith; through loneliness, the worth of friendship; through toil, the value of leisure; and through sickness, the blessing of health.

Open our eyes to wisdom of the ages, lest we die before we have learned how to live.

David Rhys Williams (1890-1970) was a Unitarian minister in Rochester, New York, from 1928 until his death. Williams was outspoken on social and political issues. Among his controversial opinions, he advocated racial toleration, birth control, labor organizing, and free speech.

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