How brief is our span of life
compared with the time since you created the universe.
How tiny we are
compared with the enormity of your universe.
How trivial are our concerns
compared with complexity of your universe.
How stupid we are
compared with the genius of your creation.
Yet during every minute and every second of our lives
you are present, within and around us.
You give your whole and undivided attention
to each and every one of us.
Our concerns are your concerns.
And you are infinitely patient with our stupidity.
I thank you with all my heart – knowing that my thanks are worthless
compared to your greatness.
Fulbert of Chartres, c. 970-1028, bishop of the Cathedral of Chartres, France
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up,
who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
“I dwell in the high and holy place,
and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly,
and to revive the heart of the contrite.”