I believe. Help my unbelief!"
me understand the adventure of Your love.
You were present to me physically
in certainty, there would be no test
could give to You no gift of faith.
placed me in a world of physical reality:
intimidating and comfortable,
disturbing and beautiful,
tawdry and majestic,
frightening and rewarding.
challenge me daily
to see beyond the limits of "reality"
to the infinitude of Your eternal truth.
invite me to discern Your magisterial divinity through
flashes of insight
in this finite, confined physical world.
challenge me to discern You
through Your abundant flaming signs of love.
Yet I am mortal, and my vision is clouded.
say with Mark, "Lord, I do believe.
Help Thou my unbelief!"
the scales from my eyes:
me see ever more clearly
through the veil of the material
and the commonplace of our world
into the infinite realm of Your heaven.
Let my faith grow stronger each moment,
each hour, each day, each year.
Let me ever draw closer to You.
me learn to put away childish worldly things in
order to focus on the otherworldly glories which
"eye has not seen,
nor ear heard."
me place my trust in You
and not in the world.
do not ask the impossible of me, I know,
and with You all things are possible.
me to accept all things from You
in confidence and faith.
this then, I pray with love to You,
My all-seeing God, my gift-giving heavenly King,
My gentle Lord Jesus Christ, Emanuel!
Forgiving, Incarnate and Eternal.
- 2011 - Donn B. Murphy
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