let faith give entrance

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O Lord,
the world is artful to entrap,
   approaches in fascinating guise,
   extends many a gilded bait,
   presents many a charming face.
Let my faith scan every painted bauble,
   and escape every bewitching snare
      in a victory that overcomes all things.
Let faith stride forth in giant power,
   and love respond with energy in every act.
I often mourn the absence of my beloved Lord
   whose smile makes earth a paradise,
   whose voice is sweetest music,
   whose presence gives all graces strength.
But by unbelief I often keep him outside my door.
Let faith give entrance that he may abide with me for ever.

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You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

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