O God, save me from myself

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O God, save me from myself, save me from myself;
   this frivolous self which plays with your creation,
   this vain self which is clever about your creation,
   this masterful self which exploits your creation,
   this lazy self which soothes itself with your creation;
this self which throws the thick shadow of its own purposes and desires
   in every direction in which I try to look,
   so that I cannot see what it is that you, my Lord and God,
   are showing me.
Teach me to stand out of my own light,
   and let your daylight shine.

Austin Farrer, 1904–1968, English Anglican scholar

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The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

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