This poem always speaks to me. I have had it posted on a bulletin board over my desk (along with many other wonderful quotes and verses) for many years. It also reminds me of a principle shared by Oswald Chambers, which is to make sure that no one or nothing comes between your soul and the Father. Be Thou the first...
When I can no more stir my soul to move,
And life is but the ashes of a fire;
When I can but remember that my heart
Once used to live and love and long and aspire--
Oh, be Thou then the First, the One Thou Art;
Be Thou the calling, before all answering love,
And in me wake hope, fear, boundless desire.