Lord, I Would Serve You Joyfully!

Forgive me, Lord, when I've complained,
When I Your loving heart have pained
Because I craved for men's applause,
Or recognition for my cause,
And let depression o'er me roll
Forgetting how You blessed my soul!

Lord, I would serve You joyfully,
Because You died and rose for me.
With thankfulness I want to share
And spread the Glad News everywhere.
My every talent, Lord, employ,
Not with reluctance, but with Joy!

Protect me from discouragement
When they refuse the One You sent.
Just keep me loving, keep me sweet,
Still interceding at Thy Feet.
May I be faithful, keep me true,
With gladness, ever serving You!

Honoria A. Groves

August 7, 1997