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Ouija Cat 2002


We Cannot Merely

We cannot merely pray to God to end war;
    For the world was made in such a way
    That we must find our own path of peace
    Within ourselves and with our neighbor.

We cannot merely pray to God to root out prejudice;
    For we already have eyes
    With which to see the good in all people
    If we would only use them rightly.

We cannot merely pray to God to end starvation;
    For we already have the resources
    With which to feed the entire world
    If we would only use them wisely.

We cannot merely pray to God to end despair;
    For we already have the power
    To clear away slums and to give hope
    If we would only use our power justly.

We cannot merely pray to God to end disease;
    For we already have great minds
    With which to search out cures and healings
    If we would only use them constructively.

Therefore we pray instead
For strength, determination, and will power,

To do instead of merely to pray
To become instead of merely to wish;

That our world may be safe,
And that our lives may be blessed.

Jack Reimer (adapted)



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