” Jesus Himself went with them” (Luke 24:15).
Jesus Thyself draw near
And with us go;
The way were dark with fear
Did we not know
Thou wilt to us step after step disclose,
And with Thine Arm defend from hidden foes.
If onward path look rough –
Far as we see –
Thou, who hast been enough,
Enough wilt be
And in Thy strength, O Lord, our hearts grow strong
To face life’s journey, be it short or long.
Should there be hours, perchance,
That lonely seem,
When o’er our lifted glance
Breaks not a gleam,
O give us grace, Lord, then to trust Thee still,
Walking in darkness – yet to fear no ill.
Beyond all clouds – sun,star,
Shine on unmoved,
So Thy beloved ones are
For ever looked:
Our hand in Thine, our heart Thy humble throne,
We meet the year with Thee, Lord, not alone.
– J.H. Stuart
(adapted from The Gospel Steward)