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The Sin of Omission


In reading to my children from The Book of Virtues, by William J. Bennett, we came across this poem that struck a chord within me. How often do we put off what must be done? How often do we procrastinate doing something that would significantly impact someone in our lives for good? I recently read someone’s advice from their blog which said, “Live life with wide margins.” It is within these margins that we make time for sending a note to a friend, meeting someone’s need that is simple for us to fill, or giving of ourselves to help someone else. I hope you are blessed by this poem today:

The Sin of Omission

by: Margaret E. Sangster

It isn’t the thing you do, dear,
Its the thing you leave undone
That gives you a bit of a heartache
At setting of the sun.
The tender work forgotten,
The letter you did not write,
The flowers you did not send, dear,
Are your haunting ghosts at night.

The stone you might have lifted
Out of a brother’s way;
The bit of heartsome counsel
You were hurried too much to say;
The loving touch of the hand, dear,
The gentle, winning tone
Which you had no time nor thought for
With troubles enough of your own.

Those little acts of kindness
So easily out of mind,
Thoes chances to be angels
Which we poor mortals find~
They come in night and silence,
Each sad, reproachful wraith,
When hope is faint and flagging,
And a chill has fallen on faith.

For life is all too short, dear,
And sorrow is all to great,
To suffer our slow compassion
That tarries until too late:
And it isn’t the thing you do, dear,
It’s the thing you leave undone
Which gives you a bit of heartache
At the setting of the sun.

With all the technology tools available at our fingertips, it has never been easier to “poke” a friend on Facebook, to send a quick email or text message to say “how are you?”, or to send a quick picture to a friend that needs cheering up. Use some form of technology today to reach out!


Lauren Hunter
Lauren Hunterhttps://laurenhunter.net
Lauren Hunter is a writer who loves the big picture of God’s journey we are all on together. In 2007, she founded ChurchTechToday, a website for pastors and church leaders to harness technology to improve ministry. Married to her high school sweetheart, Lauren lives in Northern California with her husband and their four children. Her latest book is Leaving Christian Science: 10 Stories of New Faith in Jesus Christ. She can be found online at https://laurenhunter.net.


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