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O Lord, Bless Everyone

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 the road;
I did not even go to see
The sick man 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:
‘Whom have you tried to bless today?
God’s sweetest blessings always go
By hands that serve Him here below.’
And then I hid my face and cried,
‘Forgive me, God, for I have lied,
But let me live another day,
And I will live the way I pray.’”

~ Unknown

(c) National Trust, Basildon Park; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.

~ Matthew 22:37-9

Note: This poem was on a little clipping slipped inside of my grandma’s Bible. Today’s painting is Francesco de Mura’s “Christ Healing the Blind Man” (18th century).