the sweetness of Jesus

Honey Dipper


Jesus, how sweet is the very thought of you!
You fill my heart with joy.
The sweetness of your love
   surpasses the sweetness of honey.
Nothing sweeter than you can be described.
No words can express the joy of your love.
Only those who have tasted your love for themselves
   can comprehend it.
In your love you listen to all my prayers,
   even when my wishes are childish,
   my words confused,
   and my thoughts foolish.
And you answer my prayers,
   not according to my misguided desires,
   which would only bring me awful misery,
   but according to my real needs,
   which brings me sweet joy.
Thank you, Jesus, for giving yourself to me.

Bernard of Clairvaux, 1090-1153 French abbot and Cistercian mystic


How sweet your words taste to me;
    they are sweeter than honey.
Your commandments give me understanding;
    no wonder I hate every false way of life.



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