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How many times I have come to prayer with my many requests? Please God grant me this desire. Please God grant me that gift. How infrequent have been my prayers: God I am not worthy to pray to You. Please God have mercy on me – a sinner?

Yet without this final prayer. This prayer of self-denial and, at the same time, perfect truth. How am I ever to truly begin to know Him? To understand even the slightest bit of His Grace? His humility?

I have nothing without Him. Every gift I bring to Him is rubbish. Trash. Dirty rags. He is the True Gift. Before Him I prostrate my body and soul. And I hide my face.

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