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The World is Mine

Today upon a bus I saw a girl with golden hair;
She seemed so gay, I envied her, and wish that I were half so fair;
I watched her as she rose to leave, and saw her hobble down the aisle.
She had one leg and wore a crutch, but as she passed--a smile.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine;
I have two legs--the world is mine.

Later on I bought some sweets. The boy who sold them had such charm,
I  thought I'd stop and talk awhile. If I were late, t'would do no harm.
And as we talked he said, "Thank you, sir, you've really been so kind.
It's nice to talk to folks like you because, you see, I'm blind"
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine;

I have two eyes--the world is mine.Later, walking down the street, I met a boy with eyes so blue.
But he stood and watched the others play; it seemed he knew not what to do.
I  paused, and then I said, "Why don't you join the others, dear?"
But he looked  straight ahead without a word, and then I knew, he couldn't hear.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine;
I have two ears--the world is mine.

Two legs to take me where I go,
Two eyes to see the sunset's glow,
Two  ears to hear all I should know,
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine;
I'm  blest, indeed, the world is mine.

Dr. Tennyson Guyer

What God Hath Promised

God hath not promised
Skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways
All  our lives through;
God hath not promised
Sun without rain,
Joy without  sorrow,
Peace without pain.

But God hath promised
Strength for the day,
Rest for the labour,
Light for the way,
Grace for the trials,
Help from  above,
Unfailing sympathy,
Undying love.

Annie Johnson Flint

Healer's Hymn (English Translation)

Here am I, Lord:
Thou hast granted me the grace to heal men's bodies.
Here am I, Lord:
Thou hast given me the might to bend the will of others.
O Lord, grant strength and wisdom to wield all these gifts
only as Thy will wouldst have me serve.

The Lord of Light said unto me, Behold:
Thou art my chosen child, My gift  to man.
Before the daystar, long before thou wast in mother-womb,
thy soul was sealed to Me for all time out of mind.
Thou art My Healing hand upon this world,
Mine instrument of life and Healing might.
To thee I give the breath of Healing power,
the awesome, darkling secrets of the wood and vale and earth.
I give thee all these gifts that thou mayst know my love:
Use  all in service of the ease of man and beast.
Be cleansing fire to purify  corruption,
a pool of sleep to bring surcease from pain.
Keep close within  thy heart all secrets given,
as safe as said in shriving, and as  sacred.
Nor shall thy Sight be used for revelation,
unless the other's mind be freely offered.
With consecrated hands, make whole the broken.
With consecrated soul, reach out and give my peace.

Here am I, Lord:

All my talents at Thy feet I lay.
Here am I, Lord:
Thou art the One Creator of all things.
Thou are the Omnipartite One Who ruleth Light and Shade,
Giver of Life and Gift of Life Thyself.
Here am I, Lord:
All my being bound unto Thy will.
Here am I, Lord:
Sealed unto Thy service, girt with strength to save or slay.
Guide and  guard Thy servant, Lord, from all temptation,
that honor may be spotless and my Gift unstained.

Katherine Kurtz

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