Archive for June 8th, 2009

Accepting what used to be exceptions


                    = Compromise.

– 6/3/09

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Give us ways of worshiping the Master,

          Grant us ways.

In these days of rushing ever faster,

          Restless days.

Urge us upward through the clamoring din,

          Ever onward.

Till upward pulling You bring us in,

To brightest heaven, banished of sin,

To mansions prepared for mere men. 

          Pull us upward.


Draw us nearer to Your Father heart,

          Bring us nearer.

Become dearer; not farther apart,

          Always dearer.

Make my soul a simple scrap of steel,

          Work my soul.

Make it sensitive to feel,

The attraction so real

Wood, hay, & stubble from me magnetically peel

          Tug on my soul.


I pray Thee let us hear Thy calling voice,

          O, pray Thee.

Let us serve Thee by eternal choice,

          Selflessly serve.

Soon tomorrow will beckon in haste,

          Timeless tomorrow.

Help us so live that when we are faced,

With the record we have fixed in place,

Our sojourn will not be a useless disgrace,

          Has’en tomorrow.           

 – eab, 6/80

Written while pastoring Christ Church – Bible Methodist, Friendsvill, TN

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“So Send I You”

So send I you to labor unrewarded,
To serve unpaid, unloved, unsought, unknown,
To bear rebuke, to suffer scorn and scoffing,
So send I you to toil for me alone.

So send I you – to loneliness and longing,
With heart a-hungering for the loved and known;
Forsaking home and kindred, friend and dear one,
So send I you  – to know my love alone.

So send I you – to leave your life’s ambitions,
To die to dear desire, self-will resign,
To labor long and love where men revile you,
So send I you – to lose your life in mine.

Edith Margaret Clarkson was born this date 6/8/1915 at Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada.  She wrote “So Send I You” and God of Creation, All-Powerful.  She died 3/17/2008 in Toronto. “So Send I You” has been called the greatest missionary hymn of the twentieth century.

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