A Litany of Longing for Obedience and Holiness

O Lord, how long
        Shall we say we are all brethren
        That we love our Father in heaven
                And our life give the lie?

O Lord, how long
        Shall we speak of love,
        Of our hears going out to mankind
                And our love be asleep?

O Lord, how long
        Shall we talk of prayer,
        And rejoice in the beauty of worship,
                And our prayer be a dream?

O Lord, how long
        Shall we bow down to Christ,
        Call him Lord, preach his Word,
                And he know us not?

O Lord, how long
        Is the light of truth flashing,
        The Son of Man coming,
        To be rejected too, of this generation?
O Lord, how long?

J.L. Johnston, found in ‘A Book of Prayers for Students’, SCM Press: 1929

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