Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ for all the benefits Thou hast given me, for all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me. O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother, may I know Thee more clearly, love Thee more dearly, follow Thee more nearly – Attributed to Richard de Wych (1197-1253); Bishop of Chichester (1244-1253)
How oft, day by day, I have prayed, seeking, weeping, O Lord Jesus, through tears of longing for You, to see You more clearly, so, to love You more dearly, so, to follow You more nearly.
Yet I find it to be my lot that the clearer, dearer, nearer I draw to You the farther away You appear (if, at all, You appear!). For oft what I behold is not Your Presence, but only the shadow of Your Existence.
Or is the shadow my own? The shadow of my sin; its dimness growing deeper, greater in the eternal luminescence of Your Presence?
If that be so, dare I rejoice in the appearance of this darkness! For it means I am closer to You than I dared to conceive or believe.
© 2021 PRA
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