April 4, 2022

Lead Me, Blessèd Jesus

He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. 
Psalm 23:2-3
Lead me, blessèd Jesus,
by thy guiding hand;
should temptations cross my path,
help me to withstand.
Make thy grace sufficient
always sin to shun;
closely walking with thee,
till my course is run.
Take me, gracious Master,
by thy gentle hand,
may I seek to know thy will,
yield to thy command.
O direct my pathway,
and should thorns infest,
order all my footsteps,
show me what is best.
Guide me, loving Savior,
all my pilgrim way,
keep my heart so near to thine
that I shall not stray.
Should the skies be lowering,
and distress allowed,
let some silver lining
tinge the gloomy cloud.
 Charles Collins (1906)

My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.
 John 10:27-28
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Come, thou dear Redeemer,
claim me as thine own;
so control my daily life,
make my heart thy throne.
Cleanse me by thy power,
that from sin set free,
I shall use my talents—
give my strength to thee.
 Charles Collins (1906)
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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