The Christian's Commission

Art thou down-hearted child of God?
If thou would'st courage seek,
Forget thyself—go forth and tell
Glad tidings to the meek.

Is thy heart sad because of loss?
Go forth and take this token,
Tell all that mourn, that soon our God
Will death's great prison open.

For ashes, beauty—oil of joy,
And praise as garments strong,
Instead of hearts of heaviness,
Their souls shall fill with song.

While God today his vengeance shows,
On nations great and small,
Teach them to pray "Thy Kingdom come"—
God's blessings on them all.

This then is thy commission now,
Go forth and do thy part,
And thou wilt find the greatest joy
Lies deep within thy heart.

Poems of The Way