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For Michael

O Lord, Whose power is infinite and wisdom infallible, order things that they may neither hinder, nor discourage me, nor prove obstacles to the progress of Thy cause. Stand between me and all strife, that no evil befall, no sin corrupt my gifts, zeal, attainments.

May I follow duty and not any foolish device of my own. Permit me not to labour at work which Thou wilt not bless, that I may serve thee without disgrace or debt. Let me dwell in Thy most secret place under thy shadow, where is safe impenetrable protection from the arrow that flieth by day, the pestilence that walketh in darkness, the strife of tongues, the malice of ill-will, the hurt of unkind talk, the snares of company, the perils of youth, the temptations of middle life, the moumings of old age, the fear of death.

I am entirely dependent upon Thee for support, counsel, consolation. Uphold me by Thy free Spirit, and may I not think it enough to be preserved from falling, but may I always go forward, always abounding in the work Thou givest me to do. Strengthen me by Thy Spirit in my inner self for every purpose of my Christian life.

All my treasures I give to the shadow of the safety that is in Thee—my name anew in Christ, my body, soul, talents, character, my success, children, friends, work, my present, my future, my end. Take them, they are Thine, and I am thine, now and for ever.

Comments

MICHAEL said…
God woke me to Himself this morn , it was His choice for me . Through all my sin and muddled thoughts His cross has set me free . As thoughts and dreams of days gone by came rushing to my mind , of those who walked this pilgrim way God's glory they did find . Of Ruth and Jacob , Joseph too , their stories all declared His grace sufficient for each day their cross for Him they bared . It was His word that led them through their tradgedies and loss , That gave them strength and comfort too , to bare this mighty cross . Of death to self and suffering His grace caused them to stand . To run their race and see His face , led forth by His right hand ... to be continued
MICHAEL said…
... Content in Him is where I am , my heart is in His hand ; To do with me as He see's fit , fulfiiled by His command . Oh , for the grace to trust Him more , this song He sings for me ; His Spirit guides and strength provides for all my liberty ...

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