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.