hopeless, friendless, portionless
(John MacDuff, "Family Prayers" 1885)
O Eternal, Everlasting God, Fountain of all happiness,
God of all grace--we desire to acknowledge anew with
grateful hearts, Your undeserved mercies. You have
made our cup to overflow with blessings. From the very
threshold of our being, You have been our Protector and
Guardian. You have shielded us from unknown dangers.
You have warded off unseen calamities. No earthly friend
could have loved us and cared for us, like You!
Helpless, hopeless, friendless, portionless by nature,
we cast ourselves on Him who is help and hope and friend
and portion--to all who seek Him. We have no trust but in
His work. Sprinkle these polluted hearts with His pardoning,
peace-speaking blood. Hide us in the clefts of the smitten
Rock. Safely sheltered there, we can make the triumphant
challenge, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?"
We mourn . . .
our distance and estrangement from You,
our guilty departures,
our coldness and insensibility.
Let Your wondrous patience and kindness lead us to repentance.
Turn us, Lord, and we shall be turned! Draw us and we shall run
after You! May every thought, and affection, and feeling, and
temper--be brought into captivity to the obedience of Jesus. May
we love what He loves, and hate what He hates. May we know
the happiness of true holiness; and rejoice in doing Your holy will.