A POEM……attributed to Hudson Taylor

“Bear not a single care thyself, one is too much for thee;
the work is Mine and Mine alone; thy work- to rest in Me.”
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INCOMPARABLE CHRIST……Author Unknown

PRESSED! Author Unknown

Pressed out of measure, and pressed to all length;
Pressed so intensely it seems beyond strength;


Pressed in the body and pressed in the soul;
Pressed in the mind till the dark surges roll;


Pressure by foes, and pressure by friends;
Pressure on pressure till life nearly ends.


Pressed into knowing no helper but God;
Pressed into loving the staff and the rod;


Pressed into liberty where nothing clings;
Pressed into faith for impossible things;


Pressed into living a life in the Lord;
Pressed into living a Christ-life outpoured.

Excerpt: The Hidden Life……Saphir

“an old saint describes his history—

“I ask’d the Lord that I might grow
in faith and love, and ev’ry grace;
Might more of His salvation know,
And seek more earnestly His face.

“‘Twas He who taught me thus to pray,
And He, I trust, has answer’d prayer;
But it has been in such a way,
As almost drove me to despair.

“I hoped that in some favour’d hour
At once He’d answer my request,
And by His Love’s constraining power
    Subdue my sins, and give me rest.

“Instead of this, He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart;
And let the angry powers of hell
Assault my soul in every part.

“Yea, more; with His own hand he seem’d
Intent to aggravate my woe;
Cross’d all the fair designs I schem’d,
    Blasted my gourds, and laid me low.

“‘Lord, why is this?’  I trembling cried;
    ‘Wilt Thou pursue thy worm to death?’
”Tis in this way,’ the Lord replied,
    ‘I answer prayer for grace and faith.

“‘These inward trials I employ,
    From self and pride to set thee free;
And break thy schemes of earthly joy,
That thou mayst seek thy all in Me.'”

I NEEDED THE QUIET

I needed the quiet so He drew me aside,
Into the shadows where we could confide.
Away from the bustle where all the day long
I hurried and worried when active and strong.

I needed the quiet though at first I rebelled,
But gently, so gently, my cross He upheld,
And whispered so sweetly of spiritual things.
Though weakened in body, my spirit took wings
To heights never dreamed of when active and gay.
He loved me so greatly He drew me away.

I needed the quiet. No prison my bed,
But a beautiful valley of blessings instead–
A place to grow richer in Jesus to hide.
I needed the quiet so He drew me aside.

Alice Hansche Mortenson

IS YOUR ALL ON THE ALTAR

You have longed for sweet peace,
And for faith to increase,
And have earnestly, fervently prayed;
But you cannot have rest,
Or be perfectly blest,
Until all on the altar is laid.

Refrain:
Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid?
Your heart does the Spirit control?
You can only be blest,
And have peace and sweet rest,
As you yield Him your body and soul.

Would you walk with the Lord,
In the light of His Word,
And have peace and contentment alway?
You must do His sweet will,
To be free from all ill,
On the altar your all you must lay.

Refrain

O we never can know
What the Lord will bestow
Of the blessings for which we have prayed,
Till our body and soul
He doth fully control,
And our all on the altar is laid.

Refrain

Who can tell all the love
He will send from above,
And how happy our hearts will be made,
Of the fellowship sweet
We shall share at His feet,
When our all on the altar is laid.

[Elisha A. Hoffman, copyright 1900)

FOR YOU LOVED ME FIRST……A Poem

I sought You
With tears, I sought You
And I found You–
Or rather I was found by You.
My seeking was Your seeking
For You loved me first.

You found Me
With joy, You found me.
My spirit leaped—
Springing up like a child at play.
Ageless, deathless, without end
For You loved me first.

You led me
Each step, You led me
And I confess—
Never once did I know the way.
Cloud by day and fire by night,
For You loved me first.

You kept me
Through time, You kept me
Though I wandered—
Always true, Shepherd to my soul.
All the waters failed to quench,
For you loved me first.

(author unknown)