I falter where I firmly trod,
And falling with my weight of care
Upon the great world’s altar-stairs
That slope thro’ darkness up to God,
I stretch lame hands of faith, and grope….
Eternal God, grant me, I pray Thee, a clearer vision of Thy truth, a greater faith in Thy power, and a more confident assurance of Thy love.
When the dark way seems dark before me, grant me grace to walk trustingly:
When the distance is clouded, let me rejoice that at least the next step it plain;
When what Thou art is most hidden from my eyes, let me still hold fast to what Thou dost command:
What I lack in faith let me repay in love.
O infinite God, I thank Thee for Christ, Thou Light of Light,
I thank Thee that in seeing Christ we see Thee,
And if still I cannot find Thee, let me confess my sins and seek Thy pardon in Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen
from A Diary of Private Prayer, John Ballie