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.
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.
did not try to share the load
Of any brother on the road,
I did not even go to see
The sick man just next door to me.
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.
now, my child before you pray.
Whom have you tried to bless today?
God's sweetest blessings always go
by hands that serve Him here below."
then I hid my face and cried,
"Forgive me, God, I have not tried.
But let me live another day
and I will live the way I pray."