As I was reading through my notes and references for my Sunday post, I came across the following poem by Whitney Montgomery. See if it pierces you to the heart as it did me.
I knelt to pray when day was done.
And prayed, “O Lord, bless everyone;
Lift from each saddened heart the pain
And let the sick be well again.”
And then I woke another day
And carelessly went on my way.
The whole day long I did not try
To wipe a tear from any eye;
I did not try to share the load
Of any brother on my road;
I did not even go to see
The sick man just next door to me.
Yet once again when day was done
I prayed, “O Lord, bless everyone.”
But as I prayed, into my ear
There came a voice that whispered clear:
“Pause, hypocrite, before you pray,
Whom have you tried to bless today?
God’s sweetest blessing always go
By hands that serve Him here below.”
And then I hid my face, and cried,
“Forgive me, God, for I have lied;
Let me but see another day
And I will live the way I pray.”
For Sunday, I encourage you to act on the thoughts you receive to help and uplift others. We all have that voice of our conscious speaking to us. The challenge is to act upon the prompting.
Pause to look around you or think of those you love. Who could you reach out to today? Who would be blessed by a visit from you? Whose day could you brighten by a phone call? If a face or name came to mind just now, don’t hesitate. Act upon the prompting.
Be the good you want to see in the world. Choose to live the way you pray. Choose greatness.