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.