Oh the comfort--
the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person--
having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words,
but pouring them all right out,
just as they are,
chaff and grain together,
certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping,
and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.

"Friendship" by M. M. Craik

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Road of God

Some one needs a cheerful word
   Along the road to-day;
Some one waits with anxious heart
   Your presence by the way.
Your love can help the troubl'd
   And lift a heavy load;
Your kindness touch'd by feeling,
   Can smooth the trying road.

And what is life if coldly
   We live it here awhile,
And fail to kindle comfort
   By word and deed or smile?
Time's too short for selfishness;
   Too brief for thoughts which end
In canceling the love touch,
   Which makes us some one's friend.

The Golden Rule of Jesus,
   Once taught in Galilee,
Enjoins the law of service,
   Through love's sweet ministry.
The path of life yet lieth,
   Within the steps He trod,
And kindliness and pity
   Are still the road of God.

No author is attributed to this work, and I can't find it cited anywhere else.  Florence began this journal by filling it with contributions her fellow Willing Workers brought to meetings, so it's no surprise that many of the quotes speak of service and helping the needy.

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