Father, I know that all my life

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Father, I know that all my life is portioned out for me,
And the changes that are sure to come I do not fear to see;
But I ask Thee for a present mind intent on pleasing Thee.
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I ask Thee for a thoughtful love, through constant watching wise,
To meet the glad with joyful smiles, and to wipe the weeping eyes;
And a heart at leisure from itself, to soothe and sympathize.
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I would not have the restless will that hurries to and fro,
Seeking for some great thing to do or secret thing to know;
I would be treated as a child, and guided where I go.
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Wherever in the world I am, in whatso'er estate,
I have a fellowship with hearts to keep and cultivate;
And a work of lowly love to do for the Lord on whom I wait.
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So I ask Thee for the daily strength, to none that ask denied,
And a mind to blend with outward life while keeping at Thy side;
Content to fill a little space, if Thou be glorified.
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And if some things I do not ask in my cup of blessing be,
I would have my spirit filled the more with grateful love to Thee,
More careful, not to serve Thee much, but to please Thee perfectly.
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There are briers besetting every path that call for patient care;
There is a cross in every lot, and an earnest need for prayer;
But a lowly heart that leans on Thee is happy anywhere.
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In a service which Thy will appoints there are no bonds for me;
For my inmost heart is taught "the truth" that makes Thy children "free"
And a life of self-renouncing love is a life of liberty.

Very little is known about the author of this hymn, because of her remarkably retiring disposition. She was Anna Laetitia Waring, and was born in Neath, a town of South Wales, in 1820. In 1850 she published her "Hymns and Meditations," and in 1858 she published "Additional Hymns." It is believe that she was a Friend, and that her life was full of suffering and pain. Hymn #305 in the Chinese Hymnal is a translation of this hymn by Watchman Nee.

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Paul Koranteng

Accra, Ghana

A great companion in my youth and now some 55 years on.


Fadipe Henry

Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria

It’s a soul refreshing and assuring hymn that encourages one to wait on God no matter d situation. God help me wait on u always


Joe Bost

Johns Island, SC, United States

This hymn speaks to one of the most difficult challenges in life generally and in this time specifically: to be still and wait on our Lord.


Lydia Damron

Macomb, MI, United States

Such a gift to write these words of promise and peace.


Bridgett Jones

Birmingham, Alabama, United States

I wouldn’t have the restless will that hurries to and fro, seeking for some great thing to do or secret thing to know..... MAY ABBA HAVE MERCY! 🙏🏽


Amy Torres

Livermore, CA, United States

Gorgeous song. I am so glad Allister Begg spoke of it. Suggested it to our pastor.


Refiloe Motsoeneng

Centurion, GP, South Africa

Content to fill a little space, if Though be glorified ♥️ To God, only be all the glory


Joan Hadley

Guelph, Ontario, Canada

The phrase "a heart at leisure from itself" reminded me of a book by philosopher Josef Pieper. He wrote about true leisure, that it can only be experienced in worship.


Glory Jung

Honolulu, United States

God of arrangement


Leila

Barcelona, Spain

"But a lowly heart that leans on Thee is happy anywhere"