"God of our life,
there are days
when the burdens we carry chafe
our shoulders and weigh us down;
when the road seems dreary and
endless, the skies gray and threatening;
when our lives have no music in them,
and our hearts are lonely, and
our souls have lost their courage.
"Flood the path with light,
turn our eyes to where the skies
are full of promise.
Tune our hearts to brave music;
give us the sense of comradeship
with saints and heroes of every age;
and so quicken our spirits that we
may be able to encourage the souls
of all who journey with us on
the road of life,
to Your honor and glory."
(painting: The Fern Gatherer by Charles Lidderdale, 1877)