Saturday, August 27, 2022

Others, Lord, Yes Others...


When I was a child, my mom loved music.  Our elegant console 33 and 1/3 rpm player was rarely silent, filling the air with an eclectic mix ranging from light classical to popular music. I grew up with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Rogers and Hammerstein, Perry Como, Mitch Miller and his singers, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and many others. 

One of the albums that played often was a selection of hymns by Ernie Ford that included the song, "Others." The hymn is associated with Tennessee Ernie to this day; I found the lyrics on a page that mentioned him.

This song is a prayer that we might follow the example of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in considering the needs of others ahead of our own. Father make us more like Jesus as we work to value others ahead of ourselves.

Lord, help me live from day to day
In such a self-forgetful way
That even when I kneel to pray
My prayer shall be for—Others.


Others, Lord, yes others,
Let this my motto be,
Help me to live for others,
That I may live like Thee.

Help me in all the work I do
To ever be sincere and true
And know that all I’d do for You
Must needs be done for—Others.

Let "Self" be crucified and slain
And buried deep: and all in vain
May efforts be to rise again,
Unless to live for—Others.

And when my work on earth is done,
And my new work in Heav’n’s begun,
May I forget the crown I’ve won,
While thinking still of—Others.

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