A PRECIOUS GIFT
Thou who hast granted to Thy fold, A precious gift in numbers untold.
We gather here to thank Thee Lord, For men whose faith in Thee adored.
With women true to Christ their King, Whose hearts are raised in praise to sing.
For these enriched with gifts from Thee, To use for blessing mankind, indeed!
Who hands and hearts, whose lips and voice, Together make the angels rejoice.
To work with all their mind and will, To say to all, “Our God reigns still.”
Without their talents joined in one, The world for Christ is never won.
But joined in heart and trusting love, they do for God His will above.
To bring a message of relief, To dying man in unbelief.
Spread o’er their heads a blessing dear, that reaches both those far and near.
Send down on them a courage strong, To work for Thee when hours grown long.
To be what God can make of them, A band of messengers for Him
© 2017 Jerrold Lloyd Nichols St. Petersburg