What is it that has made me evil and hateful to myself? It is my own folly, my own darkness, which have divided me, by sin, against the light which God has placed in my soul to be the reflection of His goodness and the witness of His mercy.
Shall I drive evil out of my soul by wrestling with my own darkness? This is not what God has planned for me. It is sufficient to turn away from my darkness to His light. I do not have to run away from myself; it is sufficient that I find myself, not as I have made myself, by my own stupidity, but as He has made me in His wisdom and remade me in His infinite mercy. For it is His will that my body and soul should be the Temple of His Holy Spirit, that my life should reflect the radiance of His love and my whole being repose in His peace. Then will I truly know Him, since I am in Him and He is truly in me.
Eternal and most glorious God, You have stamped the soul of humanity with Your image, received it into your revenue, and made it part of your treasure; do not allow us to undervalue ourselves, so to impoverish You as to give away these souls for nothing, and all the world is nothing if the soul must be given for it. Do this, O God, for His sake who knows our natural infirmities, for He had them,and knows the weight of our sins, for He paid a dear price for them; Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. (John Donne, Poet and Priest, 1572-1631)
(The above are cited in For All the Saints: A Prayer Book For and By the Church, The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau)