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The All-Good

“MY GOD,

“Thou hast helped me to see,
that whatever good be in honor 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.

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“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 honor thyself by me, and by all mine.

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