Hoist sail and draw up anchor - with confidence.

O Love beyond Compare,
Thou art good when thou givest,
when thou takest away,
when the sun shines upon me,
when night gathers over me.
Thou hast loved me before the foundation of the world,
and in love didst redeem my soul;
Thou dost love me still,
in spite of my hard heart, ingratitude, distrust.
Thy goodness has been with me another year,
leading me through a twisting wilderness,
in retreat helping me to advance,
when beaten back making sure headway.
Thy goodness will be with me in the year ahead;
I hoist sail and draw up anchor,
With thee as the blessed pilot of my future as of my past.
I bless thee that thou hast veiled my eyes to the waters ahead.
If thou hast appointed storms of tribulation,
thou wilt be with me in them;
If I have to pass through tempests of persecution and temptation,
I shall not drown;
If I am to die,
I shall see thy face the sooner;
If a painful end is to be my lot,
grant me grace that my faith fail not;
If I am to be cast aside from the service I love,
I can make no stipulation;
Only glorify thyself in me whether in comfort or trial,
as a chosen vessel meet always for thy use.

HT: Challies.com

1 comment:

His sheep said...

Thank you for this post with an emphasis on the year ahead! I had posted the same prayer the previous day in consideration of the year past. Concerning the line, "I bless Thee that Thou hast veiled my eyes to the waters ahead," our pastor likes to remind us that we could not handle knowing everything that lies ahead--God gives us grace to face today, not tomorrow. It would also hinder me because I would get distracted and over-wrought by trying to prepare for everything myself and I would not depend on the Lord.