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‘Twill Soon be Past

  • 1. Only one life, a few brief years,
    Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
    Each with its days I must fulfill,
    Living for self or in His will;
    Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
    Only what’s done for Christ will last.

    3. Give me, Father, a purpose deep,
    In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
    Faithful and true whate’er the strife,
    Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
    Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
    Only what’s done for Christ will last.

    5. Only one life, yes, only one,
    Now let me say, “Thy will be done”;
    And when at last I’ll hear the call,
    I know I’ll say “‘twas worth it all”;
    Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
    Only what’s done for Christ will last.

    7. Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
    Only what’s done for Christ will last.
    And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be,
    If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.

  • 2. When this bright world would tempt me sore,
    When Satan would a victory score;
    When self would seek to have its way,
    Then help me, Lord, with joy to say;
    Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
    Only what’s done for Christ will last.

    4. Oh let my love with fervor burn,
    And from the world now let me turn;
    Living for Thee, and Thee alone,
    Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
    Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
    Only what’s done for Christ will last.

    6. Only one life, yes, only one,
    Now let me say, “Thy will be done”;
    And when at last I’ll hear the call,
    I know I’ll say “‘twas worth it all”;
    Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
    Only what’s done for Christ will last.

    8. Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
    Only what’s done for Christ will last.
    And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be,
    If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.

  • ~ By C. T. Studd

    An Exchange of Wills

    I want my heart so cleared of self
    That my dear Lord can come
    And set up His own furnishings,
    And make my heart--His home.

    And since I know what this requires,
    Each morning while it's still,
    I slip into that secret room,
    And leave with Him--My WILL,

    He always takes it graciously,
    Presenting me with His;
    I'm ready then to meet the day
    And any task there is.

    And this is how my Lord controls
    My interest, my ills,
    Because we meet at break of day,
    For an EXCHANGE OF WILLS.

    ~ Anna Jane Granniss

    Sweet hour of prayer

    Sweet hour of prayer, Sweet hour of prayer,
    That calls me from a world of care
    And bids me at my Father's Throne
    Make all my wants and wishes known.
    In seasons of distress and grief,
    My soul has often found relief,
    And oft escaped the Tempter's snare
    By thy return, sweet hour of prayer.

    Not Much To Offer

    I have not much to offer
    To Christ, my Lord and King;
    No wealth, no might, no wisdom,
    No noble gift to bring.
    "Five loaves and two small fishes?"
    But what alas are they
    Among the throngs of hungry
    Who crowd life's troubled way?

    "Five loaves and two small fishes?"
    Not much, dear heart, 'tis true;
    But yield them to the Master
    And see what He can do!
    Placed in His hands of mercy
    Thy little will be much.
    'Tis not thy gift that matters
    But His almighty touch!

    ~ Avis B. Christiansen

    Art thou lonely?

    Art thou lonely, O my brother?
    Share thy little with another!
    Stretch a hand to one unfriended,
    And thy loneliness is ended.

    ~ John Oxenham

    Loved

    Loved—
    Not for great deeds and heights attained,
    Not for accomplishments and fame;
    Not for moments when I succeed,
    When I am strong, when I believe;
    Not for times when I’m pressing on,
    Unfazed by night, fixed on the dawn.

    Loved—
    For who I am, now and today,
    Stumbling, groping to find my way;
    A heart of dreams and fears and walls,
    Of starts and stops, of peaks and falls:
    A life unpolished, unprofound,
    A sinner ransomed, lost and found.

    ~ Evelyn Sichrovsky

    The Coming Year

    "Dear Master for this coming year
    Just one request I bring:
    I do not pray for happiness,
    Or any earthly thing--
    I do not ask to understand
    The way Thou leadest me,
    But this I ask: Teach me to do
    The thing that pleaseth Thee.

    I want to know Thy guiding voice,
    To walk with Thee each day.
    Dear Master make me swift to hear
    And ready to obey.
    And thus the year I now begin
    A happy year will be--
    If I am seeking just to do
    The thing that pleaseth Thee."

    On Christ the solid rock I stand

    My hope is built on nothing less
    Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
    I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
    But wholly trust in Jesus’ name.

    On Christ the solid rock I stand,
    All other ground is sinking sand;
    All other ground is sinking sand.

    ~ Edward Mote, 1834

    Feelings

    "Feelings come and feelings go, And feelings are deceiving;
    My warrant is the Word of God - Naught else is worth believing.

    Though all my heart should feel condemned
                  for want of some sweet token,
    There is One greater than my heart
                  Whose Word cannot be broken.

    I'll trust in God's unchanging Word till soul and body sever,
    For, though all things shall pass away,
                  His Word shall stand forever!"

    ~ attributed to Martin Luther

    I had to take time to pray

    I got up early one morning
    And rushed right into the day;
    I had so much to accomplish
    I didn't have time to pray.

    Troubles just tumbled about me
    And heavier came each task.
    Why doesn't God help me, I wondered,
    He answered, "You didn't ask."

    I tried to come into God's presence,
    I used all my keys at the lock.
    God gently & lovingly chided,
    "Why child, you didn't knock."

    I wanted to see joy & beauty,
    But the day toiled on grey & bleak,
    I called on the Lord for the reason--
    He said, "You didn't seek."

    I woke up early this morning
    And paused before entering the day.
    I had so much to accomplish
    That I had to take time to pray.

    Another year to love Him

  • Another year to love Him
    Whom I have loved so long;
    Another year to praise Him
    In glad triumphant song.
    Whate’er the future holdeth
    Of sorrow, toil, or pain
    His precious Love endureth
    Forevermore the same.

  • Another year with Jesus!
    I thank Thee, Lord, today
    For Thy unfailing presence
    Along life’s rugged way.
    Guide me, O blest Redeemer,
    Teach me to do Thy will,
    And Thine own perfect purpose
    In me each day fulfill.

  • ~ Avis Christiansen

    Better Than a Light

    I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year
    “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
    And he replied,
    “Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God.
    That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
    So I went forth, and finding the hand of God,
    Trod gladly into the night.
    He led me toward the hills
    And the breaking of day in the lone East.
    So heart be still!
    What need our human life to know
    If God hath comprehension?
    In all the dizzy strife
    Of things both high and low,
    God hideth His intention.


    Minnie Louise Haskins, 1875–1957

    Make me Thy fuel

    Give me the Love that leads the way,
    The Faith that nothing can dismay,
    The Hope no disappointments tire,
    The Passion that’ll burn like fire.
    Let me not sink to be a clod,
    Make me Thy fuel, O Flame of God.

    ~ Amy Carmichael

    Trysting Place

    Dear Lord, I want each day that comes
    To share some part with Thee,
    Where I can sit at Thy dear feet
    And hear Thee speak to me.
    A place where I can turn aside
    And leave the cares of life,
    Where I can get the strength I need
    To banish storm and strife.
    A quiet, holy, trysting place
    Where Thou to me canst give
    The very blessing that I need;
    Here would I rest and live.

    ~ Martha Grenfell

    The joy of unselfish giving

    Time is not measured by the years that you live
    But by the deeds that you do and the joy that you give.
    And each day as it comes brings a chance to each one
    To love to the fullest, leaving nothing undone
    That would brighten the life or lighten the load
    Of some weary traveler lost on life’s road.
    So what does it matter how long we may live
    If as long as we live we unselfishly give.

    ~ Helen Steiner Rice

    A Blank Page

    The New Year like a book lies before me;
    On its cover two words, “My Life,” I see.
    I open the covers and look between —
    Each page is empty, no words can be seen,
    For I am a writer, I hold the pen
    That’ll fill these pages to be read by men.
    Just what kind of book will my book be,
    My life written there for others to see,
    Each day a page written, one by one —
    Will it be worthwhile when finished and done?
    Lord, help me keep these pages clean and fair
    By living the life I’d have written there.

    ~ Gertrude Laura Gast

    A moment in a morning

    A moment in a morning
    Ere the cares of day begin,
    Ere the heart's wide door is open,
    For the world to enter in,
    Oh, then alone with Jesus,
    In the silence of the morn,
    In heavenly, sweet communion,
    Let your joyful day be born,
    In the quietude that blesses,
    With a prelude of repose,
    Let your soul be soothed and softened,
    As the dew revives the rose!