Living What We Pray For

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Whitney Montgomery

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 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 now, my son, before you pray. 
Whom have you tried to bless today? 
Gods sweetest blessing always go 
By hands that serve him here below."

And 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."