Thursday, April 23, 2009

If You Have a Friend Worth Loving

When I was looking for "A Psalm of Life" the other week, I came across this excellent poem. Yesterday, when we found out about the death of our childhood friend, Megan (see "Day by Day"), the poem came to my mind.

If you have a friend worth loving,
Love him. Yes, and let him know
That you love him; ere life's evening
Tinge his brow with sunset glow.
Why should good words ne'er be said
Of a friend-- till he is dead?

If you hear a song that thrills you,
Sung by any child of song,
Praise it. Do not let the singer
Wait deserved praises long.
Why should one who thrills your heart
Lack the joy you may impart?

If you hear a prayer that moves you
By its humble, pleading tone,
Join it. Do not let the seeker
Bow before his God alone.
Why should not your brother share
The strength of "two or three" in prayer?

If you see the hot tears falling
From a brother's weeping eyes,
Share them. And by kindly sharing
Own your kinship in the skies.
Why should anyone be glad
When a brother's heart is sad?

If a silvery laugh goes rippling
Through the sunshine on his face,
Share it. 'Tis the wise man's saying--
For both grief and joy a place.
There's health and goodness in the mirth
In which an honest laugh has birth.
If your work is made more easy
By a friendly, helping hand,
Say so. Speak out brave and truly
Ere the darkness veil the land.
Should a brother workman dear
Falter for a word of cheer?

Scatter thus your seeds of kindness
All enriching as you go--
Leave them. Trust the Harvest-giver;
He will make each seed to grow.
So, until the happy end,
Your life shall never lack a friend.
Megan (pictured third from left, holding the springer spaniel), with several of the lives she touched.


Pure Little Ladies Ministry said...

Oh how awful...I read your post over at Day by Day. =( That poor family!!

Rosebud said...

Enough to make me cry, even if I hadn't just heard about Megan. =( I think I'm going to memorize that.

Your Dear Mama said...

Thank you so much for posting that sweetie.

Anderson family said...

That is a beautiful poem.:)

Leah said...

Oh dear Melanie!! I cried when I read that. I thought about losing a dear friend and I cried!! Thank you for posting that. It has encouraged me a lot! I will be praying for you.