Good men will have troubles as others have, but they shall abide the hour of trial. He whom God makes to be one of the excellent of the earth, he will surely preserve: such pieces of work are too rare and too choice to be left unguarded.
As a family, let us aim at a high standard of character. If we be not believers in Jesus as yet, may the Lord grant us faith, for that is the foundation grace; but if we are already believers, let us, by our consistent lives, prove to others the elevating and purifying power of the religion of the Most Holy God.
Lord, I would dwell with thee,
On thy most holy hill:
Oh shed thy grace abroad in me,
To mould me to thy will.
Faithful, but meekly kind:
Gentle, yet boldly true;
I would possess the perfect mind
Which in my Lord I view.
But, Lord, these graces all
Thy Spirit’s work must be;
To thee, through Jesus’ blood I call,
Create them all in me.
Oh! teach me at thy feet to fall,
And yield thee up myself, my all;
Before thy saints my debt to own,
And live and die to thee alone!
Thy Spirit, Lord, at large impart;
Expand, and raise, and fill my heart;
So may I hope my life shall be
Some faint return, O Lord, to thee.