In Plea to God

May, Lord, I not succumb to doubts and fears

But find You always in my need.  If trial

Bring dashed hope with months of pain, if tears

Unbidden flow, with force—make, Lord, as mild

My cross as You will choose, with knowledge that

You only have.  I ask not softness, Lord,

For such would weaken gifts You gave which at

Your feet someday I shall return.  That cord

Which binds our hearts as one is written in

The promise of Your Son.  Recall He said,

“The Kingdom is within.”  Unless I wring

You out my heart by deeds ungodly led,

Stay by me, Lord, possess my all, enthrall

My ev’ry wish.  Then can I feel You call.

4/4/1973; revised 2007