Lord, how much juice you can squeeze from a single grape.
How much water you can draw from a single well.
How great a fire 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 neighbor.
My soul is so cold that by itself it has not 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.
GUIGO THE CARTHUSIAN, monk and originator of Lectio Devinia (twelfth century) [BHE, 307–308 PD]
Bjorklund, Kurt (2011-09-27). Prayers for Today (Kindle Locations 863-869). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.