A Prayer of Mary McLeod Bethune

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Father, we call Thee Father because we love Thee.
We are glad to be called Thy children,
and to dedicate our lives to the service that extends
through willing hearts and hands to the betterment of all mankind.
We send a cry of Thanksgiving for people of all races, creeds, classes, and colors the world over,
and pray that through the instrumentality of our lives
the spirit of peace, joy, fellowship, and brotherhood shall circle the world.
We know that this world is filled with discordant notes,
but help us, Father, to so unite our efforts
that we may all join in one harmonious symphony
for peace and brotherhood, justice, and equality of opportunity for all men.
The tasks performed today with forgiveness for all our errors,
we dedicate, dear Lord, to Thee.
Grant us strength and courage and faith and humility
sufficient for the tasks assigned to us.

By Mary McLeod Bethune, missionary and civil rights advocate.

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