I just caught wind of this modern hymn written by Peter Dickson, and the words really hit home when life isn’t perfect. It it one of those hymns that is written for the times in life when the words, come Lord Jesus, frequent your thoughts and your lips. Let them soak inside you if this is where you find yourself.
When we are doing everything
which life and time demand,
eternal truths may soon depart
replaced with sinking sand.
Dangerous times so test us, Lord,
when Christ we cannot see.
Steady our nerve, O living Word
and teach us just to be!
When we are fighting smiling foes
who twist your word and ways,
help us repent when our sin grows,
o’erwhelmed by the stormy days
hardening our hearts with deadly force,
and lurking power of hell.
Bow our weak minds before the cross
to break, then make us well!
When we are broken send true friends
who love us for your sake:
patiently waiting, selfless prayers,
the warmth of real embrace.
Brothers’ and sisters’ words and deeds;
your gifts so kindly sent.
Calm our deep turmoil, bring us peace
which is your pure intent!
When we are shining like the sun
in bodies made to last,
glory to hold, your face to see,
all strife and suffering passed.
Then your full purpose will unfold,
all haunting questions gone;
Christ will be ours as we were told.
Come soon, eternal dawn!