488 ~ At First I Prayed for Light


At first I prayed for light: Could I but see the way, How gladly, swiftly would I walk To everlasting day!


And next I prayed for strength: That I might tread the road With firm, unfaltering feet, and win The heaven's serene abode.


And then I asked for faith: Could I but trust my God, I'd live infolded in His peace, Though foes were all abroad.


But now I pray for love: Deep love to God and man; A living love that will not fail, However dark His plan.


And light and strength and faith Are opening everywhere! God waited patiently until I prayed the larger prayer.