"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies,
              it remains by itself alone: but if it dies, it bears much fruit." .....Jesus  John 12:24
   

                                                            Death Of Self
                                          
(A Prayer)

        Jesus! I know that while you walked this earth
             You died to self each moment of each day...
         And lived Your life in submission to the Father;
             That in everything, He might have His way.

          I also know that You have called me
            To follow you and daily do the same.
         But, Lord, dying to Self is very hard to learn.....
           Of course, that's the reason why You came.

         You lived with pain, much more than I have known
           Your love for me I cannot fully comprehend.
         I only know I want it in myself;
           This love that makes my own desires end.

         Help me die to Self, Lord, as You did.
           Cleanse my heart: then help me not to fall.
         Fashion me as a vessel fit for use,
           And open my heart to your Spirit's call.

         As in Your death, Lord, You were lifted up,
            So in mine, I pray, You'll daily do the same;
         That by my life, as willingly I yield,
           Others will be drawn to You...and glorify Your Name

                                                                                                 Amen

                                                                                        dawn tucek 1983