Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our fev'rish ways;
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper rev'rence, praise.
In simple trust like theirs who heard,
Beside the Syrian sea,
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word,
Rise up and follow Thee.
Drop thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.
Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and Thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm.
- John Greenleaf Whittier -
So often in our modern lives
we attach our problems with frantic and hurried activity,
creating unnecessary stress for ourselves.
We easily forget that our Heavenly Father can assist us in meeting'
our daily challenges with serenity and calm assurance.
We need the quiet confidence in God
and a peaceful resting in His eternal love
that is reflected in this beautiful text by John Greenleaf Whittier.
What a wonderful reminder to listen carefully
for God's "still small voice of calm"
in the midst of all of life's turbulence.
He giveth power to the faint;
and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
- Isaiah 40:29 -
The LORD will give strength unto his people;
the LORD will bless his people with peace.
- Psalm 29:11 -
Thinking of you on this beautiful Lord's Day,