Thursday, February 10, 2011

Make me Thy fuel

Recently, I have been reading a lot of old poetry that I have collected through the years. I thought I’d share one of my favorites with you today. This is what I read to stir me up when I start to feel complacent and comfortable and when obedience to His will is less of a response of the heart than a sheer act of willpower. This always serves to get my heart in line.

From prayer that asks that I may be 
Sheltered from winds that beat on Thee, 
From fearing when I should aspire, 
From faltering when I should climb higher, 
From silken self, O Captain, free 
Thy soldier who would follow Thee. 

From subtle love of softening things, 
From easy choices, weakenings, 
(Not thus are spirits fortified, 
Not this way went the Crucified) 
From all that dims Thy Calvary, 
O Lamb of God, deliver me. 

Give me the love that leads the way, 
The faith that nothing can dismay, 
The hope no disappointments tire, 
The passion that will burn like fire; 
Let me not sink to be a clod: 
Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God. 
~ Amy Carmichael 

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