The prayers of Christians through the ages

Lord, thou wotith what I would - if it be thy will that I have it; and if it be not thy will, good lord, be not displeased, for that I will nought but as thou wilt. Lord, you know what I want - if it is your will that I have it; but if it is not your will, good Lord, do not be displeased, for my only will is that your will be done.
Julian of Norwich, 1373

By loue may he be getyn & holden; bot bi þought neither. þerfore, þof al it be good sumtyme to þink of þe kyndnes & þe worþines of God in special, & þof al it be a li3t & a party of contemplacioun: neuerþeles in þis werk it schal be casten down & keuerid wiþ a cloud of for3etyng. & þou schalt step abouen it stalworþly, bot listely, wiþ a deuoute & a plesing stering of loue, & fonde for to peerse þat derknes abouen þee. & smyte apon þat þicke cloude of vnknowyng wiþ a scharp darte of longing loue, & go not þens for þing þat befalleþ. By love may he be gotten and held; but by thought, neither. Therefore, although it is sometimes especially good to think of the kindness and worthiness of God, and although it is a light and part of contemplation: nevertheless in this work it shall be cast down and covered with a cloud of forgetting. And you shall step about it stalwortly, but lithely, with a devoute and a pleasing stirring of love, and fond for to pierce that darkness above you. And smite upon that thick cloud of unknowing with a sharp dart of longing love, and go not thence for thing that befalls.
The Cloud of Unknowing

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