Reading / Poem 1
Count your blessings instead of crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses;
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes;
Count your courage instead of your fears;
Count your laughs instead of your tears;
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean;
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.
Reading / Poem 2
Take time to think
It is the source of power
Take time to play
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray
It is the greatest power on earth,
Take time to love and be loved
It is God’s greatest gift.
Take time to be friendly
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to laugh
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to give
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work
It is the price of success.
Take time to be charitable
It is the key to heaven.
Reading / Poem 3
Bless this little heart, this white soul
that has won the kiss of heaven for our earth.
He loves the light of the sun,
he loves the sight of his mother’s face.
He has not learned to despise the dust,
and to hanker after gold.
Clasp him to your heart and bless him.
He has come into this land of an hundred cross-roads.
I know not how he chose you from the crowd,
came to your door, and grasped you hand to ask his way.
He will follow you, laughing the talking,
and not a doubt in his heart.
Keep his trust, lead him straight and bless him.
Lay your hand on his head, and pray that though the waves underneath grow threatening, yet the breath from above may come and fill his sails and waft him to the heaven of peace.
Forget him not in your hurry, let him come to your heart and bless him.
Rabindranath Tagore (1861 – 1941)
Reading / Poem 4
You have a Guardian Angel
Who watches over you –
Everywhere you go
And everything you do.
This gentle, silent helper
Is there to be your guide
To shelter and protect you,
And for you to walk beside.
Your Angel will always help you
Whenever things go wrong,
They’ll be the wings beneath your feet
As Life’s path you walk along.
Feel this calming presence –
Be enfolded by its love
And let your life be guided
By a power from above.