Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. I Corinthians 16:13, 14 NKJV

Friday, April 15, 2016

Heart Gifts...series

Warm Our Hearts With Thy Love 

Oh, God, who made the summer
and warmed the earth with beauty,
Warm our hearts with gratitude
and devotion to our duty,
For in this age of violence,
rebellion and defiance
We've forgotten the true meaning
of "dependable reliance"_
We have lost our sense of duty
and our sense of values, too,
And what was once unsanctioned,
no longer is taboo,
Our standards have been lowered
and we resist all discipline,
And our vision has been narrowed
and blinded to all sin-
Oh, put the summer brightness
in our closed, unseeing eyes
So in the carewarn faces
that we pass we'll recognize
The heartbreak and the loneliness,
the trouble and despair
That a word of understanding
would make easier to bear-
Oh, God, look down on our cold hearts
and warm them with Your love,
And grant us Your forgiveness
which we're so unworthy of.
~ Helen Steiner Rice

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