“…I have erred both on the side of my hopes
and also of my fears,
…I am unfit to choose for myself,
for it is not in me to direct my steps.” (A.B.)
“…May I seek first thy kingdom and its righteousness.
May I value things in relation to eternity.
May my spiritual welfare be my chief solicitude.
May I be poor, afflicted, despised and have thy blessing,
rather than be successful in enterprise,
or have more than my heart can wish,
or be admired by my fellow-men,
if thereby these things make me forget thee.
May I regard the world as dreams, lies, vanities, vexation of spirit,
and desire to depart from it.
And may I seek my happiness in thy favour,
image, presence, service.”
— Desires, Valley of Vision
“The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21b