Hope To The End ............. POEMS
1. O God I Love Thee
2. We Two
3. Answered Prayer
diane - rr
O God , I
by Gerard Manley Hopkins
O God, I love thee, I love thee---
Not out of hope of heaven for me
Nor fearing not to love and be
In the everlasting burning.
Thou, thou, my Jesus, after me
Didst reach thine arms out dying,
For my sake sufferedst nails and lance,
Mocked and marred countenance,
Sorrows passing number,
Sweat, and care and cumber,
Yea, and death, and this for me.
And thou couldst see me sinning:
Then I, why should I not love thee,
Jesu, so much in love with me ?
Not for heaven's sake; not to be
Out of hell by loving thee;
Not for any gains I see;
But just the way that thou didst me
I do love and will love thee:
What must I love thee, Lord, for then ?
For being my King and God. Amen.
by Gerard Manley Hopkins
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Our God is an Awesome God http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38V8jnN1Kpw M. Smith
I cannot do it alone;
The waves run fast and high,
And the fogs close chill around,
And the light goes out in the sky
But I know that we two shall win
In the end: Jesus and I.
I cannot row it myself
My boat on the raging sea.
But besides me sits Another,
Who pulls or steers - with me.
And I know that we two shall come
Safe into port: His child and He.
Coward, and wayward and
I change with the changing sky.
Today so eager and brave;
Tomorrow, not caring to try;
But He never gives in - so we two
Shall win - Jesus and I
Strong and tender and
Crucified once for me!
Never will He change, I know,
Whatever I may be.
But all He says I must
Ever from sin to keep free,
We shall finish our course and reach
Home at last - His child and He.
C.H. Spurgeon Sermons http://www.apibs.org/chs.htm
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I sit in the dark
wishing for a true friend,
Weeks pass by and that prayer had to end.
Next I prayed for a love of my own,
Some time goes by and I am left still alone.
I then ask God to send a miracle my way,
that wish diminished with each passing day.
I was angry at God for not answering my prayer,
That night in my dreams I was stopped by His stare.
"You hate me dear God, you turned me away!"
I then sat and listened to what God had to say.
"You wanted a friend so you got Me,
How truer to you can anyone be?
Yet instead you ignored Me and want more,
Asking for true love to appear at your door.
My child, My love for you reaches to the sky,
Yet once again you turned a blind eye.
So you wanted a miracle and what do I do?
I give you my Son who died just for you"
The tears started flowing as I heard what He said,
All these thoughts came flooding into my head.
Never alone, never unloved,
Always blessed by the One up above!
The Preeminence of Jesus Christ -- John MacArthur
Hymn : Abide with Me http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/a/b/abidewme.htm