Lord, thank you for our older saints
Who, by example, lead the way.
They cheer us when our spirit faints
And holiness and grace display.
We ask that, as their years increase,
You keep them as you have before.
Let their devotion never cease.
Their love expand for evermore.
Let their experience churches build.
Their wisdom help new Christians grow.
With passion let their hearts be filled
To serve you all their days below.
'Til, when at last, their time is done
And, called to their eternal rest,
They praise and magnify the Son
And worship him, forever blessed.
James Hughes (July 2017)