Growing

Unto him that hath, Thou givest,

Ever “more abundantly.”

Lord, I live because Thou livest,

Therefore give more life to me;

Therefore speed me in the race;

Therefore let me grow in grace.

Deepen all Thy work, O Master,

Strengthen every downward root,

Only do Thou ripen faster.

More and more, Thy pleasant fruit.

Purge me, prune me, self  abase,

Only let me grow in grace.

Jesus, grace for grace outpouring,

Show me ever greater things;

Raise me higher, sunward soaring,

Mounting as on eagle-wings.

By the brightness of Thy face,

Jesus, let me grow in grace.

Let me grow by sun and shower,

Every moment water me;

Make me really hour by hour

More and more conformed to Thee,

That Thy loving eye may trace,

Day by day my growth in grace.

Let me then be always growing,

Never, never standing still;

Listening, learning, better knowing

Thee and Thy most blessed will,

Till I reach Thy holy place,

Daily let me grow in grace”.

— Francis Ridley Havergal, 1836-1879

 

©2012  Mark Davis

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