Mercy on Me

Happy in You

I beg of You, my God, 
let me know You and love You 
so that I may be happy in You. 
And though I cannot do this fully in this life, 
yet let me improve from day to day 
till I may do so to the full.
Let me know You more and more in this life, 
that I may know You perfectly in heaven.
Let me know You more and more here, 
so that I may love you perfectly there,
so that my joy may be great in itself here, 
and complete in heaven with You.
O Truthful God, let me receive the happiness of heaven 
which You promise so that my joy may be full.
In the meantime,
let my mind think of it,
let my tongue talk of it,
let my heart long for it,
let my mouth speak of it,
let my soul hunger after it,
let my flesh thirst after it,
let my whole being desire it,
until such time as I may enter through death into the joy of my Lord,
there to continue forever, world without end.

(a prayer of St. Augustine; photo via

On Mia's Birthday

Lord, watch over my sweet, wonderful granddaughter, Mia, 
As her days increase; 
Bless and guide her wherever she is,
everywhere she goes, 
Keeping her as lovely and kind as she is today 
even as you increase her in wisdom, learning, and skill. 
Continue to make her strong in faith and conduct. 
Comfort her when she's sad or discouraged. 
Lift her when she stumbles. 
Surround her with friends and family
who respect, value, and love her. 
And may the peace that passes understanding 
and joy unspeakable 
fill her heart and her days, 
both now and ever more, 
in Jesus' name, amen.


If you, Lord, go with me,  
I’ll go anywhere! 
’Tis heaven to me, 
Where’er I may be, 
If you are there! 
I count it a privilege here 
Your cross to bear; 
If you, Lord, go with me,  
I’ll go anywhere! 

(slightly revised from the hymn, "It May be in the Valley, Where Countless Dangers Hide," by C. Austin Miles)

You Open Your Hand