A Prayer for Endurance

Ruminating on this today, a prayer by William E. B. Du Bois.

Whether on civil rights, immigration policy, creative pursuits, entrepreneurship or church ministry, the call to endurance is the same.

In the midst of life and deeds it is easy to have endurance and strength and determination, but Thy Word, O Lord, teaches us, that this is not enough to bring good to the world–to bring happiness and the worthier success. For this we must endure to the end–learn to finish things–to bring them to accomplishment and full fruition. We must not be content with plans, ambitions and resolves; with part of a message or part of an education, but be set and determined to fulfill the promise and complete the task and secure the full training. Such men and women alone does God save by lifting them above and raising them to higher worlds and wider prospects. Give us then, o God, to resist today the temptation of shirking, and the grit to endure to the end. Amen.

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