the personal touch
from valley of vision
thou great I AM,
i acknowledge and confess that all things
come of thee -
life, breath, happiness, advancement,
sight, touch, hearing,
goodness, truth, beauty -
all that makes existence amiable.
in the spiritual world also i am dependent
entirely upon thee.
give me grace to know more of my need of grace;
show me my sinfulness that i may wilingly
reveal to me my weakness that i may know
my strength in thee.
i thank thee for any sign of penitence;
give me more of it;
my sins are black and deep,
and rise from a stony, proud, self-righteous heart;
help me to confess them with mourning, regret,
with no pretence to merit or excuse;
i need healing,
good physician, here is scope for thee,
come and manifest thy power;
i need faith;
thou who hast given it me, maintain, strengthen, increase it,
centre it upon the saviour's work,
upon the majesty of the father,
upon the operations of the spirit;
work it in my now that i may never doubt thee
as the truthful, mighty, faithful God.
then i can bring my heart to thee
full of love, gratitude, hope, joy.
may i lay at they feet these fruits grown
in thy garden,
love thee with a passion that can never cool,
believe in thee with a confidence that never
hope in thee with an expectation that can never
delight in thee with a rejoicing that can never
glorify thee with the highest of my powers,
burning, blazing, glowing, radiating, as from
thy own glory.