to know you as a good God

Christ of St John of the Cross, by Dali, 1951

Be kind, dear Teacher, to us your children.
You are our Father, Defender of Israel;
God the Son and God the Father, united as one Lord.
Grant to us who obey your commands
   that we may become more perfectly like you,
   and know you to the utmost of our ability
   as a good God and a tolerant judge.
Keep us all in your peace, citizens of heaven,
   having sailed calmly over the stormy waters of sin,
   wafting smoothly along by the wind of your Holy Spirit,
   your Wisdom beyond words.
Night and day, until the last day;
   may we praise you with thanksgiving
   to the only Father and Son, Son and Father;
   the Son, our teacher, together with the Holy Spirit.
You are the one, in whom and for whom all things exist in unity,
   who has given us a share in eternal glory.
All things exist for the one God,
   who is all goodness, all loveliness, all wise, and all just.
To God be glory, now and for ever and ever.

Clement of Alexandria, c.150-c.215, Greek theologian who taught in Egypt


Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.
    You guard all that is mine.
The land you have given me is a pleasant land.
    What a wonderful inheritance!
I will bless the Lord who guides me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
I know the Lord is always with me.
    I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.
    My body rests in safety.
For you will not leave my soul among the dead
    or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.
You will show me the way of life,
    granting me the joy of your presence
    and the pleasures of living with you forever.


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