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Before I knew

This was written by a young man before experiencing a devastating time in his life. He later stated the following: “I was, at that time, writing from what I had been taught but not experienced. Now, many years and trials later I have experienced a bit of what I wrote. I have known a bit of physical poverty as well as emotional and spiritual poverty. Knowing my self so much better I appreciate so much more God's grace.” 1982

Lord Jesus, each morning as I rise I set my face on thee.

Oh miracle that thou should shine in grace thy light on me.

No strength have I to live this day according to thy will,

so please, Lord, help this sinner be glorifying still.


Much richer I should be in lowest poverty.

No place to lay my head or rest just food enough to eat.