Steady My Heart

"Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it until it receives the early and the late rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble, brethren, against one another, that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the doors. As an example of suffering and patience, brethren, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we call those happy who were steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful." (1)

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." (2)

The Steadfast Heart

The steadfast heart endures in love.
It knows its strength is sacrifice.
Its foundation is God above:
Its Lord, the Lamb, who paid its price.

The steadfast heart endures in prayer.
It knows its called to live attuned:
To place its life in Spirit's care;
To sigh with Him -- gently perfumed.

The steadfast heart endures in peace.
Its secret is serenity:
It knows the storms of time will cease,
And it will reach eternity.

O Lord, steady my listing heart;
May it rest on Your steadfast love.
In prayer, may your Spirit impart,
A lasting peace drawn from above.

(c) Paul Buis, 2000

(1) James 5: 7-11
(2) 1 Corinthians 15:58