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TO ALL MY BROTHERS

From the January 1972 issue of The Christian Science Journal


I John 4:20

If I have not expressed true tenderness
To him I know on earth;
If there is one I feel not worth
A moment's thought or second glance;
If, for brief glory dearly bought,
I shatter the confidence of a trusting heart,
And treasure the false gold
Of scornful thought;
How can I claim to understand
That Love divine, whose Word
Insists I love another as myself?

Dear Father, give to me that grace
(Although I may not always merit it)
Which melts the rocklike vein of thought
And shapes it to Your likeness,
That I may constantly show forth
The gentle radiance of Your love,
In words that heal and bless;
In deeds that are not just so many words.

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