If I But Stay With You*

 There, in Your Presence,
 I am
 accepted – 
 So, why would I ever turn away?
 This, I believe,
 is the greatest mystery
 of me;
 to be understood
 perhaps never?
 Or maybe,
 in my turning away
 and coming back again,
 I am
 becoming more me
 than I could ever be
 in this world?
 Oh, if I but stay with You would I know?
 Or, would I miss the suffering that prays I grow? 
 *With thanks to Julian of Norwich  

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