10 November: a prayer for one perplexed

I pray not for myself: I pray for him
Whose soul is sore perplexed. Shine thou on him,
Father of Lights! and in the difficult paths
Make plain his way before him: his own thoughts
May he not think—his own ends not pursue—
So shall he best perform Thy will on earth.
Greatest and Best, Thy will be ever ours!

From The Letters of Charles and Mary Lamb.

Charles Lamb had a sister and several friends who suffered from mental interest. He cared for Mary lifelong, and sought out ways that he, or his friends, might help others suffering thus. He also prayed, and has left us this eloquent example.

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