Christian and Lutheran Life... History and Old Stuff...
Today I found this newspaper clipping in an old cookbook that I bought recently. On behalf of the lady who clipped it, I'm sharing it here. The yellowed, brittle bit of newsprint doesn't include any indication of when or where it was published or whom the author was.
Lord, pity all discouraged hearts today.
Give them the sweet assurance of your help along the way.
Make plain the crooked paths and straight the roads.
Reach out your hand, dear Lord, and help them bear their heavy loads,
And some way let them feel that You are near.
You know how rough the earthly roads were, Lord, when you were here.
You know our hearts. You learned them through those days
When You were One among the throngs that pressed the old earth's ways.
Because You understand, I pray this prayer:
So many are discouraged; lead them out of their despair.
Give them the gift of laughter and of songs.
Put hope and gladness in their hearts, dear Lord, and make them strong.