Friday, August 14, 2015

For those who are under pain: Encouraging christian poem by Frances Ridley Havergal

 

I dedicate this poem to sister Ruthie and her dear husband who is under physical trials.
 
[Written in severe pain, Sunday afternoon, October 8th, 1876, at the Pension Wengen, Alps.]
 

I TAKE this pain, Lord Jesus,
From Thine own hand,
The strength to bear it bravely
Thou wilt command.
 
I am too weak for effort,
So let me rest,
In hush of sweet submission,
On Thine own breast.
 
I take this pain, Lord Jesus,
As proof indeed.
That Thou art watching closely
My truest need:
 
That Thou, my Good Physician,
Art watching still;
That all Thine own good pleasure
Thou wilt fulfil.
 
I take this pain, Lord Jesus,
What Thou dost choose
The soul that really loves Thee
Will not refuse.
 
It is not for the first time
I trust to-day;
For Thee my heart has never
A trustless 'Nay!'
 
I take this pain, Lord Jesus,
But what beside?
'T is no unmingled portion
Thou dost provide.
 
In every hour of faintness,
My cup runs o'er
With faithfulness and mercy,
And love's sweet store.
 
I take this pain, Lord Jesus,
As Thine own gift,
And true though tremulous praises
I now uplift.
 
I am too weak to sing them,
But Thou dost hear
The whisper from the pillow,--
Thou art so near!
 
'T is Thy dear hand, O Saviour,
That presseth sore,
The hand that bears the nail-prints
For evermore.
 
And now beneath its shadow,
Hidden by Thee,
The pressure only tells me
Thou lovest me!

Frances Ridley Havergal, A Song In The Night