Scripture Verse

Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple, truly I tell you, he will never lose his reward. Matthew 10:42

Introduction

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Johnson Oatman, Jr.
(1856–1922)

Words: John­son Oat­man, Jr., in Fair­er Than Day (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: George C. Hugg, 1902), num­ber 16.

Music: An­tho­ny J. Sho­wal­ter (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you have ac­cess to a bet­ter pho­to of Oat­man, would you ?

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Anthony J. Showalter
(1858–1924)

Lyrics

Would you be a sunbeam
Filled with Heaven’s light,
Shedding forth its beauty
Over scenes of night?
In this world of sorrow,
Sickness, sin and woe,
Try to be a blessing
Everywhere you go.

Refrain

Be a blessing on life’s weary mile,
Be a blessing with a word or smile;
Be a blessing, everywhere the same;
Try to be a blessing
In the Master’s name.

Where the tears are falling
And the hearts are sad,
Take some Gospel message
That will make them glad;
Strive to give them comfort
By some loving deed,
Try to be a blessing
In the time of need.

Refrain

Just a cup of water
For the Master’s sake
May sweet chords of music
In some bosom wake;
Seek to help some pilgrim
T’ward the golden land,
Try to be a blessing,
Both with voice and hand.

Refrain

If you follow Jesus
All along life’s way,
You will help to brighten
Every hour and day:
Would you shine in glory
Brighter than the sun?
Try to be a blessing
Till your work is done.

Refrain