Widen My Vision: A Poem by Helen Steiner Rice

I have a lovely book of poetry by Helen Steiner Rice titled “Heart Gifts” which contains some of her loveliest poetry pertaining to God and worship. This quickly became one of my dear favorites of the book. If everyone in the world could but read and understand it’s meaning…

Widen My Vision

Widen My Vision

God open my eyes

so I may see

And feel your presence

close to me…

Give me strength

for my stumbling feet

As I battle the crowd

on life’s busy street,

And widen the vision

of my unseeing eyes

So in passing faces

I’ll recognize

Not just a stranger,

unloved and unknown,

But s friend with a heart

that is much like my own…

Give me perception

to make me aware

That scattered profusely

on life’s thoroughfare

Are the best Gifts of God

that we daily pass by

As we look at the world

with an unseeing eye.

-Helen Steiner Rice, Heart Gifts, 1968, Fleming H. Revell Company

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