Brief words of encouragement in a frantic age
Dear Lord and Father of mankind, forgive our foolish ways,
Reclothe us in our rightful mind, In purer lives thy service find,
In deeper reverence praise.
Drop thy still dews of quietness till all our strivings cease,
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of thy peace.
Breathe through the heats of our desire thy coolness and thy balm,
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire,
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still small voice of calm!
John Greenleaf Whittier, 1807 – 1892
Jesus, I am resting, resting, in the joy of what thou art,
I am finding out the greatness of thy loving heart.
Thou hast bid me gaze upon thee, and thy beauty fills my soul,
For, by thy transforming power, Thou hast made me whole
Oh how great thy lovingkindness, vaster, broader than the sea,
Oh, how marvellous thy goodness, lavished all on me!
Yes, I rest in Thee Beloved, Know what wealth of grace is Thine,
Know thy certainty of promise, And have made it mine.
Jean Sophia Pigott
Peace and rest, quietness, satisfying peace,
Gift of God to mankind, now rebellion’s ceased.
Peace with God, through His Son, peace with all mankind,
Eyes to see, hearts to care, though we once were blind,
Lowliness, yieldedness, lives that know release,
Holiness, righteousness, then we know His peace,
Taken from “The Annals of Kings Fountain”, by Arthur Eedle
Sung to the 2nd movement of “The New World Symphony.”
“The Peace of God which passes all understanding.”