A prayer for Dry, Parched, Cold, Feeble People!
Lord how much juice you can squeeze from a single grape.
How much water you can draw from a single well.
How great a flame you can kindle from a tiny spark.
How great a tree you can grow from a tiny seed
My soul is so dry that by itself it cannot pray;
Yet you can squeeze from it the juice of a thousand prayers.
My soul is so parched that by itself it cannot love;
Yet you can draw from it boundless love for you and for my neighbour.
My soul is so cold that by itself it has no joy;
Yet you can light the fire of heavenly joy within me.
My soul is so feeble that by itself it has no faith;
Yet by your power my faith grows to a great height.
Thank you for prayer, for love, for joy, for faith;
Let me always be prayerful, loving, joyful, faithful.
(Guigo the Carthusian, died 1188.)