Father, hear the prayer we offer:
not for ease that prayer shall be,
but for strength that we may ever
live our lives courageously.
Not for ever in green pastures
do we ask our way to be;
but the steep and rugged pathway
may we tread rejoicingly.
Not for ever by still waters
would we idly rest and stay;
but would smite the living fountains
from the rocks along our way.
Be our strength in hours of weakness,
in our wanderings be our guide;
through endeavour, failure, danger,
Father, be thou at our side.
Another schooldays favourite, asking God that He will give us the strength and courage to live our lives for him, however difficult that may be.
The second verse made me think of times when I'm out walking. There is more satisfaction to be gained from climbing up a "steep and rugged pathway" than from walking through a green pasture. The views are often better too!
The last verse reminds us that God is indeed our strength in times of weakness, and guides us back when we wander.
The path may be steep and rugged, we may have times of weakness and wandering, but God will always be with us.