Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Valley of Vision: The All Good

The All Good

My God,
Thou hast helped me to see,
that whatever good be in honor and rejoicing,
how good is he who gives them, and can withdraw them;
that blessedness does not lie so much
in receiving good from and in thee, but
in holding forth thy glory and virtue:
that it is an amazing thing
to see Diety in a creature, speaking, acting,
filling, shining though it;
that nothing is good but thee,
that I am near good when I am near thee,
that to be like thee is a glorious thing:
This is my magnet, my attraction.

Thou art all my good in times of peace,
my only support in days of trouble,
my one sufficiency when life will end.
Help me to see how good thy will is in all,
and even when it crosses mine
teach me to be pleased with it,
Grant me to feel free in fire, and food and every providence
and to see that thy many gifts and creatures
are but thy hands and fingers taking hold of me.
Thou bottomless fountain of all good,
I give myself to thee out of love,
for all I have or own is thine,
my goods, my family, church, self,
to do with as thou wilt,
to honor thyself by me, and by all mine.
If it be consistent with thy eternal counsels,
the purpose of thy grace,
and the great ends of thy glory,
then bestow upon me the blessings of thy comforts;
If not, let me resign myself to thy wiser determinations.

1 comment:

Lauren Christine said...

I'm so glad to be able to see the blog again! :) I had such a fun time visiting with y'all at the film festival- I hope and pray we'll be able to meet there again next year! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!