Lord, why do I love you? …

“…Do I love you out of fear of going to hell?  If this is my motive then send me to hell.  Or do I love you out of a motive of wanting to go to paradise?  If this is my motive, then deprive me of paradise.  O God, please purify my motives.  Help me to love you for your own sake.  Because you are worthy of all my love and all my worship.”

 

–Rabi’a al-Adawiyya

[Quoted in The Crescent Through the Eyes of the Cross, by Nabeel Jabbour]

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