you have power over life and death.
You know what is uncertain and obscure,
and our thoughts and feelings
are no secret from you.
Cleanse me from my hidden faults,
for I have done evil and you have seen it.
Day by day my life draws nearer to its end.
You know how frail I am, in soul and in body.
Give me strength, Lord, in my weakness
and uphold me in my sufferings.
- St. Ephrem the Syrian
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