This morning when I logged onto Facebook I noticed a status update from my longtime friend, Denise:
Such an encouraging way to start the day!
As I read that I was reminded of a poem that Denise had sent me years ago when we were girlhood pen-pals. I know I saved it in my Quotes Journal. In fact, I think I saved the very sheet of pretty stationery she had copied it onto, in her beautiful handwriting. But do you think I could put my hands on a journal from 30-something years ago this morning? Of course not! (It is here somewhere, though, I'm pretty sure.)
I asked Denise if she remembered it. She didn't, but she was very interested in reading it again. I wracked my brain trying to remember the first line so I could Google it. It has taken me all day to think of it... but I finally have!
So, Denise, this one's for you!
Pray One for Another
by Marianne Farningham
I cannot tell why there should come to me
A thought of someone miles and miles away,
In swift insistence on the memory—
Unless there be a need that I should pray.
Too hurried oft are we to spare a thought,
For days together, of some friend away;
Perhaps God does it for us, and we ought
To read His signal as a call to pray.
Perhaps, just then, my friend has fiercer fight,
Some overwhelming sorrow or decay
Of courage; darkness, some lost sense of right;
And so in case he needs my prayer, I pray.
Friend, do the same for me! If I unsought
Intrude upon you on some crowded day,
Give me a moment’s prayer, in passing thought;
Be very sure I need it; therefore pray.