Friday, March 1, 2013

Friday Slowdown

Today's hymn is a well-known song written in 1913. The author was a public school teacher who had dreams and plans for an evangelistic career. Ira Ogdon prepared herself for what she envisioned as a life of selfless ministry in a far-off place.
She abandoned that dream to care for her ailing father. She wrote this hymn, Brighten the Corner Where You Are, to remind Christians everywhere that the pulpit and the mission field are not the only places that we can make a difference for Jesus.

Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do,
Do not wait to shed your light afar,
To the many duties ever near you now be true,
Brighten the corner where you are.

Brighten the corner where you are!
Brighten the corner where you are!
Someone far from harbor you may guide across the bar;
Brighten the corner where you are!

Just above are clouded skies that you may help to clear,
Let not narrow self your way debar;
Though into one heart alone may fall your song of cheer,
Brighten the corner where you are.

Here for all your talent you may surely find a need,
Here reflect the bright and Morning Star;
Even from your humble hand the Bread of Life may feed,
Brighten the corner where you are.


Belinda said...

I've never heard of this hymn but what a wonderful sentiment! We may not be where we want to be, or be doing what we want to be doing, but do all as unto the Lord.

CATachresis said...

I don't know this hymn either and agree with Belinda's comment totally! Have a lovely weekend Snoodles x