Saturday, February 16, 2019

Whittier: When on my day of life

Saturday, February 16, 2019
    For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
    —Romans 6:14 (NIV)
When on my day of life the night is falling,
    And, in the winds from unsunned spaces blown,
I hear far voices out of darkness calling
    My feet to paths unknown.

Thou who hast made my home of life so pleasant
    Leave not its tenant when its walls decay;
O Love Divine, O Helper ever present,
    Be Thou my strength and stay!

Be near me when all else is from me drifting;
    Earth, sky, home’s pictures, days of shade and shine,
And kindly faces to my own uplifting
    The love that answers mine.

I have but Thee, my Father! let Thy spirit
    Be with me then to comfort and uphold;
No gate of pearl, no branch of palm I merit,
    Nor street of shining gold.

Suffice it if—my good and ill unreckoned,
    And both forgiven through Thy abounding grace—
I find myself by hands familiar beckoned
    Unto my fitting place.
    ... John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), The Complete Poetical Works of Whittier, Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1894, p. 463 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 6:14; Ps. 25:11; 140:1-4; Isa. 1:18; Rom. 8:1-2; Jas. 4:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Because of You, Lord, sin no longer rules my life.

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