Brighten where you are

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

This is a poem I just came across in my files. I wrote it in 1997--ironically, when I had been on my trip to India for a little over a month. Perhaps that perspective helped me to see the importance of living your life well and right no matter where you sleep at night, I don't know. I do know that it was inspired in part by the old hymn "Brighten The Corner Where You Are."

Anyway, enjoy:

I may not be a blazing fire
To be seen from miles away.
I may not be the torch
That will keep the wolves at bay.
Perhaps I’m only one small candle
Gleaming in the night.
Though I be unimposing—still,
I know I am a light.

And in the corner, where I stand
I’ll shine out sure and strong.
I’ll shed my light on those I see.
Who knows? Before too long
I may be able to share my flame
With someone in the mire.
Perhaps my little candle may
Ignite a bigger fire.

For Jesus called me to be seen;
To shine where’er I go.
I’m not to hide the light I have
So no one else will know.
So don’t wait until great things you do,
Or to shed your light afar.
To your many duties near be true, and
Brighten where you are.

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  1. ooo!! where were you in India?

    very beautiful words..

    WHEN are you going to let us hear a musical post of them!?!?!? huh? huh?

  2. I love this! It's a good reminder. I just arrived at your blog, and I need to go pour another cup of coffee so I can read for a while....

  3. Grafx - I was mostly around Bangalore, but also took a trip to Kannur (sp?), Kerala, and up to Goa. We (Jason & I) were volunteering at a Bible college in a village close to Bangalore.

    Thank you. I don't know how to post streaming audio files, or even any audio files. Any suggestions? I haven't had much time to research it lately, so don't know which software is best. And free.

    Kelly - Welcome! I'll go get some tea, and it will be like we're having a nice long visit! Good to see you over here--stay as long as you like! :-) Hope you are having a great day!

  4. Oh, Grafx, I forgot to say this one is actually one of the few "non-musical" poems I have written. But I know I've posted song lyrics before, and I need to figure out how to get the music up here.

  5. I really think you SHOULD write music for this one. It would be SUCH a cool song!!
    Your bestest fan! :)


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