Lord, could I ascend to such things herein mentioned? Am I so enshrouded with an inclination towards evil always lurking, seducing me, that I often feel helplessly pulled down by merciless quicksand?

Could I somehow reach *perfection ( In Hebrew *maturity) by overcoming my lower nature? I clearly need the assistance of God, to rescue my wretched self, and I am not ashamed to admit this.

As the stuff and circumstances of life arrive, in their comforting or troubling way, can I rise above and find that I can be as gentle and loving as a lamb, or as fierce and strong as a lion, as need be … As smart as a genius, or as simple as a commoner?… Who can rise to this level of opposite identities? Contrary identities in this flesh frame? Seems to be a tall order.

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