through me, Lord of hosts:
let not those who seek you be dismayed
through me, God of Israel
Your abundant life to share.
To the child, the youth, the aged,
Love in living deeds to show ….
Counsel, aid, and peace we give,
That your children, Lord, in freedom,
May your mercy know and live.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
nor deprive me of your Holy Spirit
And in the margin I had written: “Everyone is affected by all I do,
yet people expect me to sin, and to just ignore their plight.
They lose hope in God, and in His servants --- including me.
‘You have I grieved …’”
may we never be hard or impatient with them, but
always treat them with love.
I heard these words, repeated three times, in the Gospel:
Do you love me? Feed my sheep.