Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ,
For all the benefits thou hast won for 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,
And follow thee more nearly:
For ever and ever.
St. Richard Chichester (1197-1253)
These thoughts were incorporated into a popular song from Godspell (the play and the movie) titled "Day by Day". Years before I knew Christ, when I was in my early twenties, I would cry when this song came on the radio. My young wife had gone blind and I did not have the words to pray or the ability to express the pain I was experiencing. I guess it was a part of my spiritual journey. Little did I know that someone in the 13th century was responsible for the words. So here I am some 40 years later still praying those words.
Day by day.. dear Lord I pray.. to know you more clearly.. to love you more dearly.. to follow you more nearly.. day by day.. for ever and ever.
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