A Puritans Prayer: The All-Good

MY GOD,

Thou hast helped me to see,
    that whatever good be in honour and rejoicing,
    how good is He who gives them,
      and can withdraw them;
    that blessedness does not lie so much
      in receiving good from and in Thee,
      but in holding forth Thy glory and virtue;
    that it is an amazing thing to see Deity
      in a creature, speaking, acting,
      filling, shining through it;
    that nothing is good but Thee,
    that I am near good when I am near Thee,
    that to be like Thee is a glorious thing:
This is my magnet, my attraction.

Thou art all my good in times of peace,
    my only support in days of trouble,
    my one sufficiency when life shall end.

Help me to see how good Thy will is in all,
    and even when it crosses mine
    teach me to be pleased with it.

Grant me to feel Thee in fire, and food and every providence,
    and to see that Thy many gifts and creatures
    are but Thy hands and fingers taking hold of me.

Thou bottomless fountain of all good,
    I give myself to Thee out of love,
      for all I have or own is thine,
      my goods, family, church, self,
    to do with as Thou wilt,
    to honour Thyself by me, and by all mine.

If it be consistent with Thy eternal counsels,
    the purpose of Thy grace,
    and the great ends of Thy glory,
    then bestow upon me the blessings of
      Thy comforts;

If not, let me resign myself to
    Thy wiser determinations.

(Taken from ‘The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers,’ edited by Arthur Bennett)

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