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Jacob Trapp: Prayers


Grant us to see things that bear the mark of the eternal:
The beauty that lives with loving kindness,
The transmutation of suffering into wisdom and understanding;
The divine impulse given and received.
Give us to cherish life’s perishable beauty
That it may be imperishably present with us,
And may we so pass through the things that are fleeting
As to be richer in the things that endure.


Guide us, True Light;
Quicken us, True Life;
Feed us, True Bread;
That our hunger for You may be fed,
And that we may be led
Into the Way of Peace.


Wisdom, be more precious than possessions without end.
Truth, be more sacred than the pleasing of a friend.
Courage, be our strength to gain the distant goal.
Beauty, send cleansing wonders through the soul.

Jacob Trapp (1899-1992) was a Unitarian Universalist minister who served congregations in Salt Lake City, Denver, and Summit, NJ. He was the editor of Modern Religious Poems and author of the hymn, “Wonders Still the World Shall Witness.”

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