Sunday, March 01, 2020

Runyan: Lord, I have shut the door

Sunday, March 1, 2020
    Feast of David, Bishop of Menevia, Patron of Wales, c.601
    But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
    —Matthew 6:6 (NIV)
Lord, I have shut the door, speak now the word
Which in the din and throng could not be heard;
Hushed now my inner heart, whisper Thy will,
While I have come apart, while all is still.

In this blest quietness clamorings cease;
Here in Thy presence dwells infinite peace;
Yonder, the strife and cry, yonder, the sin:
Lord, I have shut the door, Thou art within!

Lord, I have shut the door, strengthen my heart;
Yonder awaits the task—I share a part.
Only through grace bestowed may I be true;
Here, while alone with Thee, my strength renew.
    ... William M. Runyan (1870-1957), [1923]The Complete Book of Hymns, William J. Petersen, ed., Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2006, p. 574 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 6:5-8; 2 Kings 4:32-33; Matt. 14:23; 26:36-39
Quiet time reflection:
    Speak, Lord, for I am listening.

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