Let Labor for You Be My Delight

Give me, O Lord,
an obedient spirit,
and a teachable mind.
Let me be cheerful without lightness,
sorrowful yet rejoicing,
fearing you without doubting,
and trusting you without tempting you.
Let me be joyful at nothing except what pleases you,
and sorrowful for nothing except what displeases you.
Let labor for you be my delight,
and all my rest be found in you.
Give me a willing spirit, and a diligent soul,
that I may seek to know your will,
and when I know it, that I perform it faithfully,
to the honor and glory of your blessed name.

Source: Modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Ed. Charles Leffingwell, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 40 #2


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Lutheran pastor serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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