A Prayer For A Mother’s Birthday

Lord Jesus, Thou hast known
A mother’s love and tender care:
And Thou wilt hear, while for my own
Mother most dear I make this birthday prayer.

Protect her life, I pray,
Who gave the gift of life to me;
And may she know, from day to day,
The deepening glow of Life that comes from Thee.

As once upon her breast,
Fearless and well content I lay,
So let her heart, on Thee at rest,
Feel fears depart and troubles fade away.

Her every wish fulfill;
And even if Thou must refuse,
In anything, let Thy wise will,
A comfort bring such as kind mothers use.

Ah, hold her by the hand,
As once her hand held mine;
And though she may not understand,
Life’s winding way, lead her in peace divine.

I cannot pay my debt,
For all the love that she has given;
But Thou, love’s Lord, wilt not forget,
Her due reward,–bless her in earth and heaven.

Henry Van Dyke.


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