prepare my heart to adore you

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O Lord, prepare my heart, I beg you,
    to reverence you, to adore you, to love you;
  to hate, because of my love of you,
    all my sins, imperfections, shortcomings,
    whatever in me that displeases you;
  and to love all that you love and those whom you love.
Give me, Lord, fervent love, 
    shame for my unthankfulness, sorrow for my sins,
    longing for your grace, and to be completely united with you.
Let my very coldness call for the glow of your love,
    let my emptiness and dryness, like a barren and thirsty land,
    thirst for you and call on you to come into my soul,
    for you refresh those who are weary.
Let my heart ache to you and for you,
    for you calm the aching heart.
Let my mute longings praise you, crave to you,
    for you satisfy the empty soul that waits for you.

Edward B. Pusey, 1800-1882, English Churchman, Oxford Movement

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Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now 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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