Monday, 12 May 2008

God, Grant Me the Glory of "Thy Gift"

God, widen my vision so I may see
the afflictions You have sent to me--
Not as a cross too heavy to wear
that weighs me down in gloomy despair--
Not as something to hate and despse
but as a gift of love sent in disguise--
Something to draw me closer to You
to teach me patience and forearance, too--
Something to show me more clearly the way
to serve You and love You more every day--
Something priceless and precious and rare
that will keep me forever safe in Thy care
Aware of the spiritual strength that is mine
if my selfish, small will is lost in Thine!
(Helen Steiner Rice)

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