A Rescuer's Prayer
Dedicated to all those who make a difference for animals. Do not become
disheartened, you are the wind of change.
~ Thank you! Jim and The Animals
Copyright Jim Willis 2003
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I am the tie that binds,
the hands which heal,
the soul of compassion,
the heart which feels.
I am the wind of change,
the waters of truth,
and the Saved Innocents,
shall remain my proofs.
In the face of doubt,
mine are the eyes which wept,
over that which I saw,
over the promises kept.
Oh, the tears I've shed,
over the cries, the yelps,
bless generosity shown,
by those who helped.
In a world gone blind,
in a time of woe,
we live and die,
by the love we show.
True, they lack a voice,
and are spared our mind,
but all the more reason
to be more kind.
I had the best intentions,
though I sometimes failed,
in the presence of cruelty,
it was I who paled.
Yes, I grew disheartened,
I was sometimes perplexed,
I announced often, "I quit!"
and then asked, "Who's next?"
Yet I always believed
in precious truths from above,
and I never discounted
the Power of Love.
And the years they passed,
with each more I learned,
and I gave them shelter,
who'd been callously spurned.
I restored their hope,
and I calmed their fears,
I granted them a future,
amidst my own tears.
I ask for nothing
that'd be considered "reward,"
I shared their joy,
thankful to have kept my word.
But if I should be granted
one gift for my care,
when I finally cross over,
Lord, may some greet me there!

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