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Do The Next Thing

From an old English parsonage, down by the sea

There came in the twilight a message to me;

Its quaint Saxon legend, deeply engraven,

Hath, as it seems to me, teaching from Heaven.

And on through the hours the quiet words ring

Like a low inspiration –

Do the next thing!

Many a questioning, many a fear,

Many a doubt, hath its quieting here.

Moment by moment, let down from Heaven,

Time, opportunity, guidance, are given.

Fear not tomorrow, Child of the King,

Trust them with Jesus,

Do the next thing!

Do it immediately; do it with prayer;

Do it reliantly, casting all care;

Do it with reverence, tracing His Hand

Who placed it before thee with earnest command.

Stayed on Omnipotence, safe ‘neath His wing,

Leave all resultings,

Do the next thing!

Looking to Jesus, ever serener,

Working or suffering — be thy demeanor,

In His dear Presence, the rest of His calm,

The light of His countenance be thy psalm,

Strong in His faithfulness, praise and sing,

Then as He beckons thee

Do the next thing!

Hesitate not, but promptly and willingly step out in simple childlike faith, doing the will of God from your heart; regardless of the uncertainty and unforeseen obstacles that may or may not lay ahead.

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