For the joy which God gives

Oh Lord, God of peace.
I gave you all my pain
And you gave me all your happiness.
I gave you all my distress
And you gave me all your serenity.

That my soul may sing all of its joy to you.

I gave you all my selfishness
And you gave me all your generosity.
I gave you all my poverty
And you gave me all of your riches.

Yes, that my soul may sing all of its joy to you

I gave you all my nothing
And you gave me all of your all.
And just like at Cana, there was too much wine
And just like with the multiplication of breads, there was too much bread
And just like at Thiberiade, there were too many fish
And the nets cracked.

God when you give, you always give too much of everything.

I gave you everything and you gave me everything,
But my everything is so small.
And the everything of your love is so large...

And I am rapt with wonder at the beauty of your presence
And I am dazzled by the light of your grace.
And I am satiated by your generosity
And I am quenched by your mercy
And I am intoxicated with your tenderness
And I am nourished with your clemency and your infinity
That, with all my soul, I may go searching for you
For without you, I am deprived of every possession.

That my soul may sing to you all, all its joy.

Jacques Lebreton (1922-2006).Wounded in 1942 by a grenade with the pin removed. He lost his hands and went blind.