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0 MY loving Father, I am not content to serve You and do the work You have given me to do. I desire to abide in You, and enter into the joy of holy communion. You are more than a Master; You are my Father and Friend.  While, I obey Your will as a devoted servant, I would give my love, my heart, my life unto You, and rejoice exceedingly in Your company. The very thought that You are near me must give me joy, or You are not dear to me. Your name must be far sweeter to me than any other sound, however pleasant, or my heart has not loved You. As the deer pants after the water-brooks, so must I seek the light of Your countenance at all times; for it is sweet to behold the face of my truest Friend and my dearest Father. Consent then, 0 Lord, to dwell in the recesses of my heart, and graciously guide me and gladden me with the light of Your presence. May it not fall to my lot to offer You the heartless services of outward morality. Teach me to love You and Your work, and help me to find strength and consolation and reward in the fact, that You are in me and I am in You, united for ever in the ties of love.

Book: Alone To The Alone Prayers For Theists, Edited, With A Preface, By Frances Power Cobbe 2nd Edition By Several Contributors Publisher: London: Williams and Norgate 1872 Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2015