Handwritten on the first page of Hennie Keyter’s Bible is this hymn, A Heart Like Thine …
I want, dear Lord, a heart that’s true and clean;
A sunlit heart, with not a cloud between;
A heart like Thine, a heart divine, a heart as white as snow;
On me, dear Lord, a heart like this bestow.
I want, dear Lord, a love that feels for all;
A deep, strong love that answers every call;
A love like Thine, a love divine, a love for high and low;
On me, dear Lord, a love like this bestow.
I want, dear Lord, a soul on fire for Thee;
A soul baptised with heavenly energy,
A willing mind, a ready hand, to do whate’er I know,
To spread Thy light wherever I may go.
I want, dear Lord, a faith that looks to Thee
To cheer the way when naught but clouds I see;
A faith sublime, a faith divine, a faith that will not fail
To trust in Thee and over sin prevail.
I want, dear Lord, a hope steadfast and sure,
A hope that holds to things that will endure;
A hope in heaven, a hope in Thee, a hope that’s bright and clear,
Dispelling doubt and conquering every fear.
A Heart Like Thine © Homer Rodeheaver 1913