Today's passage is an elaborate cut-and-paste that shows us the twin predicaments of the elderly Tobit and the beautiful young Sarah. Both are miserable and in a very reasonable state of depression. And both are praying for death. But God has something better in mind. (Doesn't he always?)
What is interesting is how they begin their prayer: both of them start not with a description of their sorry state, but with acclamations of praise. This Jewish prayer tradition is something that many of us may have lost track of (even though it is firmly ensconced in the Liturgy of the Hours, the Church's official prayer, which begins with the "Invitatory" psalm, calling us to praise).
Cue the "Sound of Music" (the title itself is from the psalms):
Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.
When you read you begin with A B C.
When you pray you begin with...