to clasp your hand affectionately

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image by mikebirdy

Hear, Lord, my prayer;
   let not my soul faint under your discipline,
   nor let me faint in confessing unto you all your mercies,
   whereby you have drawn me out of all my most evil ways,
   that you might become a delight to me
   above all the allurements that I once pursued;
 that I may most entirely love you,
   and clasp your hand with all my affections,
   and you may yet rescue me from every temptation,
   even unto the end.

St. Augustine of Hippo, 354 – 430

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See what great love the Father has lavished on us,
   that we should be called children of God!
   And that is what we are!
The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Dear friends, now we are children of God,
   and what we will be has not yet been made known.
But we know that when Christ appears,
   we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

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