direct me

Lord, You know what is best;
  let this be done
  or that be done
  as You please.
Give what You will,
  as much as You will,
  when You will.
Do with me as You know best,
  as will most please You,
  and will be for Your greater honor.
Place me where You will
  and deal with me freely in all things.
I am in Your hand;
  turn me about whichever way You will.
Behold, I am Your servant,
  ready to obey in all things.
Not for myself do I desire to live,
  but for You –
  would that I could do this worthily and perfectly!

Thomas à Kempis, 1379-1471, German monk
 from The Imitation of Christ


Then Jesus told his disciples,
    If anyone would come after me,
    let him deny himself
    and take up his cross
    and follow me.

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