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School has not yet started and still, I find myself studying for a little test called the GRE (mostly I am excited about this so I am not trying to get any pity points by mentioning it).

To continue my summer reading in the midst of this I picked up Girl Meets God the other day. It is a light read and I am mainly reading it because it encourages me in so many little ways. I have been able to relate to Winner’s musings on spirituality in so many parts of my life so far. Here is just a little glimpse of one chapter that stood out to me today.

“I pray You, noble Jesu, that as You have graciously granted me joyfully to imbibe the words of Your knowledge, so You will also in Your bounty grant me to come at length to Yourself, the Fount of all wisdom, and to dwell in Your presence for ever.”

That prayer is why I love Bede. Because he knew that knowledge and books were just a nice way to fill the time until he came to dwell with Jesus. It is a good prayer for a graduate student.

Okay, so I am not a graduate student quite yet, but I am working my way toward that life and this prayer comes as a welcome reminder to me in the midst of application stress. No matter how stressful the attainment of knowledge can be at times, I am obliged to remember that the knowledge that I gain here on earth is only pointing me in a small way toward the truth that is God. Someday I will gaze upon Perfect Truth and All Knowledge.

That will be a beautiful day…


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