Thou shalt be a blessing.@Genesis 12:2
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George S. Schuler (1882–1973)

Ira B. Wil­son, 1909. To the Moo­dy Me­mo­ri­al Church Choir. As the sto­ry goes, Wil­son wrote the lyr­ics when young, then for­got about them for ma­ny years. Though de­tails are sketchy, by the time the song was used at the In­ter­na­tion­al Sun­day School Con­ven­tion in Cleve­land, Ohio, Wil­son did not real­ize he was the au­thor, a po­si­tion he held to his dy­ing day. The lyr­ics and mu­sic ap­peared in Po­pu­lar Re­vi­val Hymns, ed­it­ed by Rod­ney S. Smith (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: E. O. Ex­cell, 1928).

George S. Schul­er, 1924 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Ira B. Wilson (1880–1950)

Out in the highways and byways of life,
Many are weary and sad;
Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife,
Making the sorrowing glad.

Refrain

Make me a blessing, make me a blessing,
Out of my life may Jesus shine;
Make me a blessing, O Savior, I pray,
Make me a blessing to someone today.

Tell the sweet story of Christ and His love,
Tell of His pow’r to forgive;
Others will trust Him if only you prove
True, every moment you live.

Refrain

Give as ’twas given to you in your need,
Love as the Master loved you;
Be to the helpless a helper indeed,
Unto your mission be true.

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