Grace and Peace to you.
O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Where can I go from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning
and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me fast.
—from Psalm 139
O Love, you dwell within me.
You know me from the inside.
When I am far from those who love me
I am still nestled in your love.
If I am lost and wandering in error
you walk with me.
When I am sure of myself, in my own little world,
you do not abandon me to my pride.
In the deep night of despair or depression
you quietly sustain me from within.
When I am among strangers, even familiar ones,
you embrace me.
When I question my faith, when I have no faith,
your faith in me is not shaken;
your tender love does not slacken.
If I think I have escaped you, rejected you, annihilated you,
here you are, in gentle love.
Great Love of Heaven, Great Spirit within,
you breathe in me, and give me life;
you make me one with all of your flesh,
all your beloved, who live inside you.
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