Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Pilgrim's Wants

Melissa posted this on Facebook today and it so echoed the prayer of my heart that I had to share it with you. (I did a post below too-- just letting you know so you don't miss it. :-) )


THE PILGRIM'S WANTS
I want a sweet sense of Thy pardoning love,
that my manifold sins are forgiven;
that Christ, as my advocate, pleadeth above,
that my name is recorded in heaven.
I want every moment to feel
that Thy Spirit resides in my heart-
that Thy power is present to cleanse and to heal,
and newness of life to impart.
I want-oh! I want to attain
some likeness, my Savior, to Thee!
That longed-for resemblance once more to regain,
Thy comeliness put upon me.
I want to be marked for Thine own-
Thy seal on my forehead to wear;
to receive that new name on the mystic white stone
which none but Thyself can declare.
I want so in Thee to abide
as to bring forth some fruit to Thy praise,
and the branch that Thou prunest, though feeble and dried,
may languish but never decays.
I want Thine own hand to unbind
each tie to terrestrial things;
too tenderly cherished, too closely entwined,
where my heart so tenaciously clings.
I want, by my aspect serene,
my actions and words to declare
that my treasure is placed in a country unseen,
that my heart's best affections are there.

I want as a trav'ller to haste
straight forward, nor pause on my way;
nor forethought in anxious contrivance to waste
on the tent only pitched for a day.
I want-and this sums up my prayer-
to glorify Thee till I die;
then calmly yield up my soul to Thy care,
and breathe out in faith my last sigh.

-Author Unknown

6 comments:

juli said...

Abigail Miller sings this on her first cd "The Song of My Soul."

Melanie said...

Really?? I have never heard that CD...
They're beautiful words, though!

Ana said...

Wow! That was wonderful. Thanks for posting it! I love the last part ... I want-and this sums up my prayer-
to glorify Thee till I die;
then calmly yield up my soul to Thy care,
and breathe out in faith my last sigh.

Rosebud said...

Wow, that's gorgeous!

Ana said...

Hey. You and Amanda have very similar profile pics. :) Very nice. Cute!

Melanie said...

Ana,
Hey, I guess we do! I didn't realize that until you said something! :-D That's fun. :-)