134 May I Forever Be With God
1 You will soon return to Zion, and my heart does feel so sad. How many words there are in my heart that I want to tell You—but I don’t know where to start. How many debts there are to be repaid. I was unable to perform my duty well and am left with regret. Who knew the time would fly so? Tears of remorse fall irresistibly. I have enjoyed so much of Your love, and my heart is distressed because I haven’t been able to requite it. Oh, God! You are leaving—how could I bear to let You go?
2 Who could forget the events of the past? Who could rid themselves of the attachment of old feelings? You have often gathered together with us these many years. Your words have watered and provided for us. We have revealed arrogance, hardness, and rebelliousness; You have pruned us, dealt with us, smitten and disciplined us. So many times, You have judged and chastised us severely. Only thus is our corruption cleansed. You’ve given so much of Your heart’s blood for our sakes. Only thus may we now be changed as we are. I will pursue the truth and fulfill my duty well. I will devote myself to You, that I may satisfy You just once.
3 Quiet tears flow down my cheeks. I know well that I cannot persuade You to stay. I’m left with regrets that have never been remedied. My heart is filled with pain and remorse. Though the time we spent together is short, the sound of Your voice and the sight of Your smiling face are engraved on my heart. I’m thinking of Your voice, longing for Your love. Your love for man is deep and strong. The wonderful past has turned into memory. How could I not miss it? How could I forget Your earnest teachings? I will bury my longing for You deep in my heart. I don’t know when we will be able to meet again. May I forever be with You.