A Prayer by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

How easy for me to live with you, O Lord!
How easy for me to believe in You!
When my mind parts in bewilderment
or falters,
when the most intelligent people see no further
than this day’s end
and do not know what must be done tomorrow,
You grant me the serene certitude
that You exist and that You will take care
that not all the paths of good be closed.
Atop the ridge of earthly fame,
I look back in wonder at the path
which I alone could never have found,
a wondrous path through despair to this point
from which I, too, could transmit to mankind
a reflection of your rays.
And as much as I must still reflect
You will give me.
But as much as I cannot take up
You will have already assigned to others.

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


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