the nail

 

alone a nail can stand

and thus itself define

but on its disappearing

will its true purpose find

 

by blow to blow subdued

the nail is quickly lost

it sinks beneath the hammer

without the thought of cost

 

by losing self to serve

its former glory fades

into the Maker’s plan

by grace, the greater trade

 

we sink beneath each strike

and thus your church will be:

as nails that suffer not

to disappear in Thee.

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