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His Will Be Done

“His will be done,” we say with sighs and trembling,
   Expecting trial, bitter loss and tears;
And then how doth He answer us with blessings,
   In sweet rebuking of our faithless fears.

God’s will is peace and plenty, and the power
   To be and have the best that He can give,
A mind to serve Him and a heart to love Him,
   The faith to die with and the strength to live.

It means for us all good, all grace, all glory,
   His kingdom coming and on earth begun;
Why should we fear to say; “His will—His righteous,
   His tender, loving, joyous will—be done?”

—Annie Johnson Flint