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Helpless, hopeless, friendless, portionless



(John MacDuff, "Family Prayers" 1885)

O Eternal, Everlasting God, Fountain of all happiness,
God of all grace
we desire to acknowledge anew with
grateful hearts, Thy undeserved mercies. Thou hast
made our cup to overflow with blessings. From the very
threshold of our being, Thou hast been our Protector and
Guardian. Thou hast shielded us from unknown dangers.
Thou hast warded off unseen calamities. No earthly friend
could have loved us and cared for us, like Thee!

Helpless, hopeless, friendless, portionless
by nature, we
cast ourselves on Him who is help and hope and friend
and portion
to all who seek Him. We have no trust but in
His work. Sprinkle these polluted hearts with His pardoning,
peace-speaking blood. Hide us in the clefts of the smitten
Rock. Safely sheltered there, we can make the triumphant
challenge, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?"

We mourn . . .
      our distance and estrangement from Thee,
      our guilty departures,
      our coldness and insensibility.
Let Thy wondrous patience and kindness lead us to repentance.
Turn us, Lord, and we shall be turned! Draw us and we shall run
after Thee! May every thought, and affection, and feeling, and
temper
be brought into captivity to the obedience of Jesus. May
we love what He loves, and hate what He hates. May we know
the happiness of true holiness; and rejoice in doing Thy holy will.


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