Posted by: Sherry Goodwin | December 3, 2008

Light at Eventide.

‘At evening time it shall be light.’–Zech. 14:7

DEAR Lord, Thy good and precious Book seems written
all for me;
Wherever I may open it, I find a word from Thee.
My eyes are dim, but this one verse is pillow for the
night,
Thy promise that ‘At Evening Time it shall be’ surely
‘light.’
It was not always light with me; for many a sinful year
I walked in darkness, far from Thee; but Thou hast
brought me near,
And washed me in Thy precious blood, and taught me by
Thy grace,
And lifted up on my poor soul the brightness of Thy
face.

My Saviour died in darkness that I might live in light,
He closed His eyes in death that mine might have the
heavenly sight;
He gave up all His glory to bring it down to me,
And took the sinner’s place that He the sinner’s Friend
might be.

His Spirit shines upon His Word, and makes it sweet
indeed,
Just like a shining lamp held up beside me as I read;
And brings it to my mind again alone upon my bed,
Till all abroad within my heart the love of God is shed.

I’ve nearly passed the shadows and the sorrows here
below;
A little while–a little while, and He will come, I know,
And take me to the glory that I think is very near,
Where I shall see Him face to face and His kind welcome
hear.

And now my loving Jesus is my Light at Eventide,
The welcome Guest that enters in for ever to abide;
He never leaves me in the dark, but leads me all the way,–
So it is light at Evening Time, and soon it will be Day!

   Written to accompany an engraving;–An old man, worn but peaceful, sitting at his cottage door in evening sunlight, with the Book on his knee.

Frances Ridley Havergal from THE POETICAL WORKS

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