POETRY: In The Hands Of God, by Teresa of Avila

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Majestic Sovereign,
Unending wisdom,
Kindness pleasing to my soul;
God sublime, one Being Good,
Behold this one so vile.
Singing of her love to you:
What is your order for me to do?

Give me, if You will, prayer;
Or let me know dryness,
And abundance of devotion,
Or if not, then barrenness.
In you alone, Sovereign Majesty,
I find my peace.
What is your order for me to do?

Yours, you made me,
Yours, you saved me,
Yours, you endured me,
Yours, you called me,
Yours, you awaited me,
Yours, I did not stray.
What is your order for me to do?

Give me then wisdom.
Or for love, ignorance,
Years of abundance,
Or hunger and famine.
Darkness or sunlight,
Move me here or there:
What is your order for me to do?

Good Lord, what is your order for me to do,
What is this wretch to do?
What work is this,
This sinful slave, to do?
Look at me, Sweet Love,
Sweet Love, look at me,
What is your order for me to do?

If you want me to rest,
I desire it for love;
If to labor,
I will die working:
Sweet Love say
Where, how and when.
What is your order for me to do?

In Your hand
I place my heart,
Body, life and soul,
Deep feelings and affections mine,
Spouse – Redeemer sweet,
Myself offered now to you,
What is your order for me to do?

Calvary or Tabor give me,
Desert or fruitful land;
As Job in suffering
Or John at Your breast;
Barren or fruited vine,
Whatever be Your will:
What is your order for me to do?

Give me death, give me life,
Health or sickness,
Honor or shame,
War or swelling peace,
Weakness or full strength,
Yes, to these I say,
What is your order for me to do?

Be I Joseph chained
Or as Egypt’s governor,
David pained
Or exalted high,
Jonas drowned,
Or Jonas freed:
What is your order for me to do?

Give me wealth or want,
Delight or distress,
Happiness or gloominess,
Heaven or hell,
Sweet life, sun unveiled,
To you I give all.
What is your order for me to do?

Silent or speaking,
Fruit bearing or barren,
My wounds shown by the Law,
Rejoicing in the tender Gospel;
Sorrowing or exulting,
You alone live in me:
What is your order for me to do?

Yours I am, for You I was born:
What is your order for me to do?

1 Comment on POETRY: In The Hands Of God, by Teresa of Avila

  1. A great work inspired by a humble mystic. I happily quote her saying, “prayer is not about thinking much, but about loving much – therefore do whatsoever would excite your heart to love Him more.” I can see you’re doing that.

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