hard-times

Help me prepare, O Lord, for famine,
When times are hard; help me examine
This generation; the days are evil,
This earth and nations in upheaval.

When times are good, in plenty and peace,
When lands expand and riches increase,
To work harder still, in light of day,
To ready myself when skies turn gray.

Help me prepare, O God, for the storm,
While the sun falls on our faces warm;
Before the showers to tempests turn,
Send wisdom down— Lord, let me learn.