Sunday Hymnary: “Father, Hear the Prayer We Offer” by Love Maria Willis, 1864

I have been noticing how infrequently the words “courageous” and “courage” are used in this generation.  Could it be the result of the “No Fear” trend?  I don’t know.  I do know that the Christian life requires courage.  We have a formidable foe, but a mighty Captain, the Lord of Hosts!  I came across this little hymn in a book called Sunday School Voices, dated 1910.  Sometimes the simplest thoughts are more inspiring than those which try to be impressive.

Father, hear the prayer we offer:
not for ease that prayer shall be,
but for strength, that we may ever
live our lives courageously.

Not for ever in green pastures
do we ask our way to be ;
but the steep and rugged pathway
may we tread rejoicingly.

Not forever by still waters
would we idly rest and stay;
but would smite the living fountains
from the rocks along our way.

Be our strength in hours of weakness,
in our wanderings be our Guide;
through endeavor, failure, danger,
Savior, be thou at our side.

~Love Maria Willis

If you enjoy Celtic music, here is a version you might enjoy:

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