The rabbi sportswriter

I remember when Mitch Albom was just a sports columnist.

I mean, he was a good one. His columns for the Detroit Free Press got national ink and Albom became a regular guest on The Sports Reporters, an all-sports Meet the Press on ESPN.

Then Albom wrote Tuesdays With Morrie in 1997 and The Five People You Meet in Heaven in 2003 and became a publishing phenomenon.

He also became something of a spiritual self-help guru to the world.

Albom recently received an award from the Religion Communicators Council for his most recent book, Have a Little Faith, which recounts his writing of a eulogy for his hometown rabbi.

At the award ceremony, Albom took things a step further and offered a prayer.

It was a prayer for those who face despair.

That’s a long way from writing about the Lions’ latest loss.

He prays:

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Please help to clear despair from our hearts and see our way clear to the hope that exists as long as we take a breath, as long as we are here on your earth, as long as we believe in your mercy, your kindness,  your warmth.

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About those who are suffering and have lost loved ones, Albom asks of God:

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Show them that even when we lose people, they are still with us in our hearts, and that there is a world beyond this one, that we can hope and pray towards and look towards and is and always has been a beacon of light for our existence here on earth.

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No prayers for the Lions?

Here it is:

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