My hopes retire; my wishes
Struggle to find their resting place in vain;
The ebbing sea thus beats against the shore;
The shore repels it; it returns again.
Yet Jehovah will command his
loving-kindness in the day-time, And in
the night his song shall be with me.
—Psalm 42. 8.
Loving Father, I bless thee for thy goodness and tender mercy which is over all. May I trust thy provision and love through all circumstances, and as I trust myself to thee may I have faith to believe that thou wilt give me strength for what I may have to endure, and believe that thou wilt care for me, as thou dost care for all. Amen.
Lucan born A.D. 39.
William Cullen Bryant born 1794.
Francis D. Millet born 1846.
John Watson (Ian Maclaren) born 1850.
Pearl Mary Teresa Craigie (John Oliver Hobbes)
Whither, midst falling dew,
While glow the heavens with the last steps of day,
Far, through their rosy depths, dost thou pursue
Thy solitary way!
Vainly the fowler’s
Might mark thy distant flight to do thee wrong,
As, darkly painted on the crimson sky,
Thy figure floats along.
He who, from zone to zone,
Guides through the boundless sky thy certain flight,
In the long way that I must tread alone,
Will lead my steps aright.
—William Cullen Bryant.
For Jehovah your God dried
up the waters of the Jordan from before
you, until ye were passed over.
—Joshua 4. 23.
Almighty God, help me to guard against gratification that leads to disappointment, that I may not miss the true way. I pray that thou wilt lift me in my weakness, and carry me over the rough and discouraging places, that I may be made strong in thy loving care, and be able to continue alone. Amen.
Guido Reni born 1575.
James Montgomery born 1771.
Edmund Keane born 1787.
Ernest Howard Crosby born 1856.
Eugene Field died 1895.
Keep me, I pray, in wisdom’s
That I may truths eternal seek;
I need protecting care to-day—
My purse is light, my flesh is weak.
No one could tell me where
my Soul might be,
I searched for God, but God eluded me.
I sought my brother out, and found all three.
—Ernest H. Crosby.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he will direct thy paths.
—Proverbs 3. 6.
My Father, may I not face the going down of the sun to-day, looking at life, in a mirror that reflects my own privileges and prejudices, but may I see it as it is, known to those who are living to make it better. May the days to come prove my sincerity in wanting the truth that I might live by it, and help to do good with it. Amen.