Monday, November 25, 2019

Anonymous: My God, I love Thee

Monday, November 25, 2019
    Commemoration of Katherine of Alexandria, Martyr, 4th century
    Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
    —1 Timothy 1:17 (NIV)
My God, I love Thee—not because
    I hope for heaven thereby,
Nor yet because who love Thee not
    Must die eternally.

Thou, O my Jesus, Thou didst me
    Upon the Cross embrace;
For me didst nails and spear endure,
    And manifold disgrace.

Why, then why, O blessed Jesus Christ,
    Should I not love Thee well?
Not for the hope of winning heaven,
    Or of escaping hell:

Not with the hope of gaining ought,
    Not seeking a reward,
But as Thyself hast loved me,
    O ever-loving Lord!

E’en then I love Thee and will love,
    And in Thy praise will sing
Solely because Thou art my God
    And my eternal King.
    ... Anonymous, Lyra Catholica, Edward Caswall, New York: E. Dunigan and Brother, 1851, p. 338-339 (see the book)
    See also 1 Tim. 1:17; Ps. 47:6-7; Jer. 10:10; Heb. 12:2; 1 John 4:9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your love and might drive away all fear about myself.

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