I prayed for strength and then I lost awhile
All sense of nearness, human and divine;
The love I leaned on failed and pierced my heart.
The hands I clung to loosed themselves from mine;
But while I swayed, weak, trembling and alone,
The everlasting arms upheld my own.
I prayed for light; the sun went down in clouds,
The moon was darkened by a misty doubt.
The stars of heaven were dimmed by earthly fears,
And all my little candle flames burned out;
But while I sat in shadow, wrapped in night,
The face of Christ made all the darkness bright.
I prayed for peace and dreamed of restful ease,
A slumber drugged from pain, a hushed repose;
Above my head the skies were black with storm
And fiercer grew the onslaught of my foes;
But while the battle raged and wild winds blew,
I heard His voice and perfect peace I knew.
I thank Thee, Lord, Thou wert too wise to heed
My feeble prayers and answer as I sought,
Since these rich gifts Thy bounty has bestowed
Have brought me more than all I asked or thought;
Giver of good, so answer each request
With Thine own giving, better than my best.
---Annie Johnson Flint
copied from Streams in the Desert - 1965
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