89. In Honor of My Friends Unseen
(For countless fellow-servants, friends, and allies
from every nation, creed, color, and tongue around the world.)
I honor you, my friends unseen,
My brothers, sisters not yet known.
For you are real, and dear, to me,
From acts of kindness you have shown.
Though separated and apart,
We’ve heard a common call to arms.
To serve the sick with Jesus’ heart,
And keep the needy from man’s harm.
And though I may not hear your voice,
Or see the tears that track your face,
We have, united, made a choice,
To serve the weak by Jesus’ grace.
Each day I pause to kneel and pray
You will be strengthened by our Lord.
Until that final, glorious day,
When you receive Christ’s sure reward.
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“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory; And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? Or thristy, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”