Father of love, our Guide and Friend,
O lead us gently on,
Until life’s trial time shall end,
And heavenly peace be won.
We know not what the path may be
As yet by us untrod;
But we can trust our all to thee,
Our Father and our God.
If called, like Abraham’s child, to climb
The hill of sacrifice,
Some angel may be there in time;
Deliverance shall arise:
Or, if some darker lot be good,
O teach us to endure
The sorrow, pain, or solitude,
That makes the spirit pure.
Christ by no flowery pathway came;
And we, his followers here,
Must do thy will and praise thy name,
In hope, and love, and fear.
And, till in heaven we sinless bow,
And faultless anthems raise,
O Father, Son, and Spirit now
Accept our feeble praise.
William J. Irons
.....Many times we must be content, not only to be active instruments, but passive objects of God's glory. And therefore if God will glorify Himself by our poverty, or our disgrace, our pain and sickness, we must be content.....God may be glorified in our condition, whatever it be. If He will have us rich and full, that He might be glorified in our bounty; if He will have us poor and low, that He may be glorified in our patience; if He will have us healthy, that He may be glorified in our labour; if He will have us sick, that He may be glorified in our pain; if He will have us live, that He may be glorified in our lives; if He will have us die, that He may be glorified in our deaths: and therefore, 'Whether we live or die, we are the Lord's:' Rom. 14:9. A Christian is to be like a die in the hand of providence, con-tent whether he be cast high or low, and not to grudge at it....