The “America’s Beloved Inspirational Poet Laureate” is Helen Steiner Rice. She was born in 1900 in Lorain, Ohio, the next-door town to my wife’s family residence. She died at the age of 80 and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio. Over those years she found her gift in writing verse for American Greetings. She sold over seven million copies of her poetry. Here is a sample for you to think about and enjoy.
THERE IS SUNSHINE IN A SMILE
“Life is a mixture of sunshine and rain,
Laughter and pleasure, teardrops and pain.
All days can’t be bright, but it’s certainly true,
There was never a cloud the sun didn’t shine through.
So just keep on smiling whatever betide you,
Secure in the knowledge, God is always beside you.
And you’ll find when you smile your day will be brighter,
And all of your burdens will seem so much lighter.
For each time you smile you will find it is true,
Somebody, somewhere will smile back at you.
And nothing on earth can make life more worthwhile,
Than the sunshine and warmth of a beautiful smile.”
This Sunday we continue to look at Scripture from I Samuel as well as sing those favorite hymns you suggested.
See you Sunday,
Pastor Kuehn, Vacancy Pastor