Sunday, June 6, 2010

Most faithful when most tried...

Today's devotion from "Daily Praise and Prayer"

"WHO shall separate us from the love of Christ ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword ?
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long ; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors, through him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Lord, make us timely wise,
To know thy call of grace,
And with the moment, as it flies,
Run our appointed race; —

Still keep the end in view,
Tarry nor turn aside ;
Perils, allurements, bonds, break through,
Most faithful when most tried !

Thus, till we reach the goal,
All else to count but loss ;
Nor, till we gain the prize, — our soul,—
Grow weary of the cross.

HELP us, O our Father, this day to be perfect as thou art perfect; according to our light and strength, to be true and kind and upright and just. May we do our work cheerfully, accept our joys gratefully, and endure our trials with patience. With alacrity may we serve thee and our fellow-men, welcoming every opportunity to assist those in need, and faithfully keeping our souls in harmony with thy holy law. Guide and govern us through this day by thy good Spirit, and may its close find its work faithfully done, its lessons learned, and its journey straightly travelled on the road that leads to heaven and thee. Amen."

Have a blessed Sabbath everyone

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