Thursday, January 29, 2009

A reminder

I heard from a friend this morning who needed to hear this little bit of truth spoken aloud, and thought I'd share it here. After all, who doesn't need to be reminded to quit worrying and simply do the next thing?
Do The Next Thing
"At an old English parsonage down by the sea,
there came in the twilight a message to me.
Its quaint Saxon legend deeply engraven
that, as it seems to me, teaching from heaven.
And all through the hours the quiet words ring,
like a low inspiration, 'Do the next thing.'
Many a questioning, many a fear,
many a doubt hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment, let down from heaven,
time, opportunity, guidance are given.
Fear not tomorrow, child of the King,
trust that with Jesus, do the next thing.
Do it immediately, do it with prayer,
do it reliantly, casting all care.
Do it with reverence, tracing His hand,
who placed it before thee with earnest command.
Stayed on omnipotence, safe 'neath His wing,
leave all resultings, do the next thing.
Looking to Jesus, ever serener,
working or suffering be thy demeanor,
in His dear presence, the rest of His calm,
the light of His countenance, be thy psalm.
Do the next thing."


A. Gillispie said...

Oh Mary have NO idea how much I needed to read this today. Can I also post this on my blog???

Rachel said...

Sooooooo timely for me.

mary grace said...

Post away, Anita! :-)

Glad it hit you both. See ... I knew there was a reason I needed to post this today.

All Because of You said...

Thank you for sharing this MG! Very inspirational and written at a time in my life when looking too far at what lies ahead scares the socks off of me! (Our ds who is 20 mths was diagnosed with leukemia in October 2008) Doing the next thing... that sounds waaaaay more feasable!


Benny said...

Thanks Mary Grace.

It helped me to hear it this morning, and it helped me again to read it just now.

We had a better afternoon and evening, by the way.

Thanks for being the best friend I never even dreamed myself worthy of hoping for. ;o)