What Can I Do But Pray

When a distant friend is down with pain

And his family doesn’t care, again

There is no one close

Who can lend a hand

What can I do but pray?

 

When I hear of someone who’s been hurt bad

From an accident that they’ve just had

There too far away

For me to be there

What can I do but pray?

 

When a trial or test is taking its toll

And there’s no one else that they have told

It is mine to bear

For the burden’s large

What can I do but pray?

 

I can send a card with a message bright

I can give an encouraging word each day

I can keep upbeat when we talk at night

That’s what I can do while I pray

 

When a friend is in the hospital room

And I just can’t get there to see them soon

They won’t be there long

They’ll be out of touch

What can I do but pray?

 

When a death has come to a family

And I know that they’re not real close to me

The funeral is soon

But I’m out of town

What can I do but pray?

 

I can bring some food to their house for them

I can offer to clean or to lend a hand

I can give them rides or run errands

That’s what I can do while I pray

 

It’s the Golden rule that we must obey

Do unto others is the good Lord’s way

That when I want to do more than pray

I can think about what I would need

 

And then when the time has come for aid

I can give of my time and give of my day

And then when I have done all I can

I can rest peacefully and pray.

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