Contributed by MARCIA PHILBRICK.

Lines to a Friend on Her Birthday

As we journey down life's pathway
Past the milestones, one by one
And we see the shadows lengthen
As we go toward the setting sun.
It is good to feel the handclasp
Of the old friends tried and true;
And to see their smiling faces
And know the smile's for you.
It is good to get the greeting
From the old friends far away.
And to read the wistful message
"Wish I were with you today"
It is good to pause a moment
As we journey down life's way;
Just to stop to be a neighbor
And a word of kindness say.
It is good we can look backward
On years in this service spent.
Willingly we did each duty,
On this errands gladly went.
Till we can say with Paul of Jesus
As at last the end we see
I have fought the good fight, Master
I have kept the faith in thee.

~Josephine Winifred Hammond Crawford

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