Father! Lead Me Out of Darkness
By John A. Widtsoe
Father! lead me out of darkness by the Gospel’s holy call.
Lead me into life eternal – grant me ready strength for all:
Sinful longing and life’s trial, may they meet an armored heart;
Let Thy promise rest upon me, so that mine, the better part.
Father! blinded by the earth-light, do I cry for higher aid.
All I know that Thou art Father, in Thy hand my life is laid.
Greater light I seek, my Father, in the man-made chaos here.
I will meet the heat of battle, but, oh, Father, be Thou near.
Father! bless Thy drifting children, they who see not with their eyes;
They who seek for truth unchanging, pass the source, yet do despise;
May all evil, fiercely raging, lose its boasted pow’r on earth;
That the creature rise not higher than the God who gave it birth.
Father! all my heart I give Thee; all my service shall be Thine.
Guide me as I search in weakness, let Thy living light be mine.
Hear me as I pray in meekness, let my strength be as the day.
Give me faith: the greater knowledge, Father! bless me as I pray.