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Teach me to do Thy Will!

Meekly to wear Thy yoke,
Gladly to drink Thy bitterest cup,

To bear Thy keenest stroke.
Teach me to do Thy Will!

O Christ, the Blessed One,
Help me in Thy deep strength to say,

My Lord, Thy Will be done.
H. Bowman.—Songs amid the Shadows.

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The conflict, Lord, is ended, and Thy

grace Hath now the victory won, And taught me thankfully to say,

Father, Thy Will be done.” I scarcely understand how the wild storm

Thus suddenly should cease, How the long buffeting should end

In unexpected peace. Once it seemed very hard that Thou

should'st choose What I had loved the most, To make me say “Thy Will be done."

At such a bitter cost.

But now. I see that it was wisest Love,

Claiming its rightful throne: That in my consecrated heart

Thou mightest reign alone.
My soul is crowded all with silent thoughts,

A hush I cannot tell :
Like the strange pauses in a dream,

One motion may dispel.
What though the future with its unknown

depths Be hidden from my sight, I know that its untrodden paths

Lead onward into light. Yes, I will trust Thee: Thou did'st once

on earth Carry our griefs alone : Thou soughtest comforters to help,

And friends, but they were gone. Thou knowest all my need; upon Thy

care

I utterly depend :
Thy patience, that has borne the past,

Will keep me to the end.-C. M. Noel. From "The Name of Jesus and other Poems.

V.

“THY WILL BE DONE IN EARTH, AS IT IS IN

HEAVEN.”

“THE Lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."-St. Matt. xxv. 23.

“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.”—1 Cor. ii. 9.

"Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot and blameless.”—2 St. Peter iii. 14.

“And I saw no temple therein : for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it, and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day, for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it." —Rev. xxi. 22–26.

“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the Throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month, and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the Throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him: and they shall see His face, and His name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there: and they need no candle, neither light of the sun : for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever."-Rev. xxii. 1-5.

In the last chapter we thought of how God's will should be done in earth.

We felt how hard a lesson it was to learn, that of constantly submitting our will to God's will. The submission to others, the painful discipline of daily life, the dark hours of sorrow and suffering, when we learnt with difficulty to say, “Father, not my will but Thine be done."

But now we will look onwards. We will leave for a while the daily cross, the heavy burdens, the constant cares and trials of this life, and look forward to the rest that remaineth for the people of God, in the many mansions of our Father's house.

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven.

I think it is often very helpful to lift up our eyes from this world, and look as it were into the unseen, and try to fancy the life that is going on there. We try to picture to ourselves how the holy angels, and all the blessed saints, and those we love, who have died in faith, are now doing the will of our Father in Heaven. And we too, when this short life is ended, and our crown is won, we too may hope to join with them in doing God's will, no longer beset with the trials

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