Send Out Your Light and Your Truth

Send out your light and your truth;
that I may live always near to you, my God.
Let me feel your love, that I may be,
as it were, already in heaven,
that I may do all my work as the angels do theirs;
and let me be ready for every work!
Ready to go out or go in, to stay or depart,
just as you will appoint.
Lord, let me have no will of my own;
or consider my true happiness as depending,
in the smallest degree,
on anything that can befall me outwardly,
but as consisting altogether in conformity to your will.

Source: Henry Martyn (1781-1812)

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers Ancient and Modern
by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 31 #1

“Send out your light and your truth” is a reference to Psalm 43:3

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Lutheran pastor and musician serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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