A Quiet Wood

A Quiet Wood

Saturday, October 6, 2007

All I Ask...

I do not ask that I may steer
My peaceful bark by peaceful shores alone,
Nor that I linger, harbor-bound,
And sail no stormy seas unknown;
I only ask this boon of Thee:
Be ever in the ship with me.

I do not ask that I may dwell
From din of battle far removed,
Nor ever feel temptation's force,
Nor ever know mine armor proved;
I only ask, through Life's long fight,
Grant me the power of Thy might.

I do not ask, that I may walk
Only on smoothly trodden grass,
Nor ever climb the mountain's height
And trembling, through its dangers pass;
I only ask, on rocks or sand,
The sure upholding of Thy hand.

I dare not pray for any gift
Upon my pilgrim path to Heaven;
I only ask one thing of Thee:
Give Thou Thyself and all is given.
I am not strong not brave nor wise;
Be Thou with me - it shall suffice.

-Annie Johnson Flint

Borrowed from the blog Holy Experience which has been blessing my life lately. Would especially recommend her Sept. 28th entry entitled "Cup" - a worthy read! (Thanks, Linda, for the recommendation.)


Jon Plank said...

Great post. I also like the poem she wrote called "What God Hath Promised".

Making Memories 1999 said...

Thank you for sharing this great poem!! (Into my devotional journal for sure!)

Yes, we had a good time at the SCC concert! He did alot of his older music (as he is celebrating 20 years of singing), but also included several brand new songs. His two sons are playing with him on this tour. Thought that was pretty neat.

Toots said...

Oh, Sonja, that is beautiful. I had never read that one. Thanks so much.
I'll have to check out Annie Johnson Flint.

Kimberly said...

A good perspective to remember!
(I like that site too (thanks to Sarah F.) but had forgotten about it.)

Tara said...

Thank you, Sonja, for this post. And thank you, THANK YOU, for the link. My soul found such refreshment there! It will be a favorite spot to visit....
Love you!
P.S. Your last comment to me brought a smile...I would love some "Sonja" time, too! :)

kayla said...

Definitely a "worthy read". Thanks so much for sharing the link. I will be visiting it often.

Sayler Family Blog said...

Sonja, I don't know if you remember me or not, but I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say thank you for the poem and especially for the link. I'm glad that you "succombed to immense peer pressure" and joined the blog world. You have enriched my life because of it!
Kim (Zimmer) Sayler

cheriepasbjerg said...

The fruit pizza is truly a work of art! Love the poem thanks!