Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ.
For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly.
(St. Richard of Chichester)
I love this simple prayer. It may not be the exact words St. Richard spoke on his deathbed but they are beautiful all the same. (You might recognize this as Day by Day from Godspell)
How can I know Jesus better? Love him more? Follow Christ?
Those are hard questions to ponder, at least for me. I guess that’s why St. Richard is praying for help from Jesus, because he knows that these are beyond his own human understanding. And, at least according to the song, you just have to take it day by day.
One day at a time, because that’s all we really have, y’know? Every day we wake up we can find new ways to love, know, and follow. And there’s not one right answer–I think we have to figure out what that looks like for ourselves.
What can you do, today, to know Jesus better? to Love him more? to follow him?