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Not As We Will

By Mary Wilder Tileston

      Not as I will, but as Thou wilt.
      MATTHEW 26:39

      THY will, not mine, 0 Lord,
      However dark it be!
      Lead me by Thine own hand,
      Choose out the path for me.
      I dare not choose my lot;
      I would not, if I might;
      Choose Thou for me, my God;
      So shall I walk aright.

      CHOOSE but the will of God, and thou willest with His wisdom, thou choosest with His all-perfect choice; thou enterest into His counsels; thou lovest with His love. Be this our watch-word, brethren, for the Church, for those we love, for our own souls. Be this our rule in action, "not what I will, but what Thou"; this, in suffering; "not what I, but what Thou." This shall hallow our hopes; this shall hush our fears; this shall ward off disquiet; this shall preserve our peace; this shall calm anxieties; this (if so it must be) shall soothe our heart-aches; this shall give repose to our weariness; this, the deeper our trouble, shall be the deeper foretaste of everlasting peace and rest. "Lord, not what I will, but what Thou"; not what I, in my misery, and ignorance, and blindness, and sin, but what Thou, in Thy mercy, and holiness, and wisdom, and love.
      E. B. PUSEY

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