Joy and Strength 02/16

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called. — Eph. iv. 1.

Knowing Thou needest this form, as I Thy divine inspiration,
Knowing Thou shapest the clay with a vision and purpose divine,
So would I answer each touch of Thy hand in its loving creation.
That in my conscious life Thy beauty and power may shine.
Christopher P. Cranch.

LET us examine our capacities and gifts, and then put them to the best use we may. As our own view of life is of necessity partial, I do not find that we can do better than to put them absolutely in God’s hand, and look to Him for the direction of our life-energy. God can do great things with our lives, if we but give them to Him in sincerity. He can make them useful, uplifting, heroic. God never wastes anything. God never forgets anything. God never loses anything. As long as we live we have a work to do. We shall never be too old for it, nor too feeble. Illness, weakness, fatigue, sorrow,— none of these things can excuse us from this work of ours. That we are alive to-day is proof positive that God has something for us to do to-day.

Anna R. B. Lindsay

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