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Saturday, December 31, 2011

ONE DAY AT A TIME


One day at a time,
with its failures and fears,
With its hurts and mistakes,
with its weakness and tears,
With its portion of pain
and its burden of care,
One day at a time we must
meet and must bear.

One day at a time to be
patient and strong;
To be calm under trial and
sweet under wrong;
Then its toiling shall pass
and its sorrow shall cease,
It shall darken and die,
and the night shall
bring peace.

One day at a time —
but the day is so long,
And the heart is not brave,
and the soul is not strong,
O Thou pitiful Christ,
be Thou near all the way,
Give courage and patience
and strength for the day.

Swift cometh His answer,
so clear and so sweet;
“Yea, I will be with thee;
thy troubles to meet;
I will not forget thee,
nor fail thee, nor grieve;
I will not forsake thee;
I never will leave.”

Not yesterday’s load we
are called on to bear,
Nor the morrow’s uncertain
and shadowy care;
Why should we look forward
or back with dismay?
Our needs, as our mercies,
are but for the day.

One day at a time,
and the day is His day;
He hath numbered its hours,
though they haste or delay.
His grace is sufficient,
we walk not alone,
As the day, so the strength
that He giveth His own.

ANNIE JOHNSON FLINT

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