My Grandfather’s Prayer


                           grampa's prayer

                                                     Marion and Ralph Harlow, Smyrna 1915

                                                     MY  PRAYER


 Who is so low that I am not his brother?

Who is so high that I’ve no path to him?

Who is so poor I may not feel his hunger?

Who is so rich I may not pity him?


Who is so hurt I may not know his heartache?

Who sings for joy my heart may never share?

Who in God’s heaven has passed beyond my vision?

Who to hell’s depths where I may never fare?


May none, then, call on me for understanding,

May none, then, turn to me for help in pain,

And drain alone their bitter cup of sorrow,

Or find they knock upon my heart in vain.  

By S. Ralph Harlow