Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Vessels of mercy, prepared unto glory!

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Vessels of Mercy, Prepared unto Glory.’
(Rom. ix. 23.)

Vessels of mercy, prepared unto glory!
This is your calling and this is your joy!
This, for the new year unfolding before ye,
Tells out the terms of your blessed employ.

Vessels, it may be, all empty and broken,
Marred in the Hand of inscrutable skill;
(Love can accept the mysterious token!)
Marred but to make them more beautiful still.

Vessels, it may be, not costly or golden;
Vessels, it may be, of quantity small,
Yet by the Nail in the Sure Place upholden,
Never to shiver and never to fall.

Vessels to honour, made sacred and holy,
Meet for the use of the Master we love,
Ready for service, all simple and lowly,
Ready, one day, for the temple above.

Yes, though the vessels be fragile and earthen,
God hath commanded His glory to shine;
Treasure resplendent henceforth is our burthen,
Excellent power, not ours but Divine.

pretty roses:

Chosen in Christ ere the dawn of Creation,
Chosen for Him, to be filled with His grace,
Chosen to carry the streams of salvation
Into each thirsty and desolate place.

Take all Thy vessels, O glorious Finer,
Purge all the dross, that each chalice may be
Pure in Thy pattern, completer, diviner,

Filled with Thy glory and shining for Thee.

-Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879)


Anonymous said...

I have read Havergal's life story before.She was so talented not only in writing but in learning languages and music.Even though her life was not so easy,she was always cheerful,so kind,kept praying for others,I heard.

Her life on the outside was not so dramatic,but what she wrote-many poems and hymnal lylics encourage many believers still now.
I think that she also lived in a little way as a bible believing lady.

In Japanese church,she is known as a lylic auther of 'Thy life was given for me'(讃美歌332番 主はいのちを与えませリ).I like this song,too.


Kinuko H said...

Dear Sanae,
Thank you for your comment. I went to youtube and listened to the Japanese hymn which you told me. Yes, I realized that I knew this song! In her, I feel lively spirit and passionate, dedicated heart to Jesus. O that we can share this spirit!! Amen. Kinuko