it is you that I desire

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God, I give you the praise for days well spent.
But I am yet unsatisfied,
    because I do not enjoy enough of you.
I apprehend myself at too great a distance from you.
I would have my soul more closely united to you by faith and love.

You know Lord that I would love you above all things.
You made me, you know my desires, my expectations.
My joys all centre in you and it is you that I desire.
It is your favour, your acceptance, the communications of your grace
    that I wish for more than anything in the world.

I rejoice in your essential glory and blessedness..
I rejoice in my relation with you,
    that you are my Father, my Lord and my God.
I thank you that you have brought me so far.
I will beware of despairing of your mercy for the time which is yet to come,
    and will give you the glory of your free grace.

Susanna Wesley, 1669 – 1742, mother of John and Charles Wesley, founders of Methodism


If then you have been raised with Christ,
    seek the things that are above,
    where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Set your minds on things that are above,
    not on things that are on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ who is your life appears,
    then you also will appear with him in glory.

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