My father-in-law, Earl A. Entner, often quoted at least part of this poem by A. B. Simpson, well-known evangelist in the later 19th century.  Simpson started the Christian Missionary Alliance in Canada.  Since Earl Entner was born Canadian I suppose there was a connection.  At any rate, in honor of Earl A. Entner’s birthday today, I fondly remember many of the poems that he had committed to memory and quoted freely, often, and with his unique expression.

  by A. B. Simpson
Once it was the blessing, Now it is the Lord;
Once it was the feeling, Now it is His Word.
Once His gifts I wanted, Now the Giver own;
Once I sought for healing, Now Himself alone.

Once ’twas painful trying, Now ’tis perfect trust;
Once a half salvation, Now the uttermost.
Once ’twas ceaseless holding, Now He holds me fast;
Once ’twas constant drifting, Now my anchor’s cast.

Once ’twas busy planning, Now ’tis trustful prayer;
Once ’twas anxious caring, Now He has the care.
Once ’twas what I wanted, Now what Jesus says;
Once ’twas constant asking, Now ’tis ceaseless praise.

Once it was my working, His it hence shall be;
Once I tried to use Him, Now He uses me.
Once the power I wanted, Now the Mighty One;
Once for self I labored, Now for Him alone.

Once I hoped in Jesus, Now I know He’s mine;
Once my lamps were dying, Now they brightly shine.
Once for death I waited, Now His coming hail;
And my hopes are anchored, Safe within the vail.


1 Comment

  1. I thought wordpress would see the name and put a link to my post about Earl A. Entner. If you type it in the search bar to the right, you can see it if you have not read it before. He is one very special person in my life that contributed to me merely by his steadfast, daily prayer on my behalf.

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