I threw a pebble in the pond,
it sank to watery depths below;
But the ripples it made spread far and wide,
beyond the place where I could throw.
I carelessly spoke to someone
and later never could retrieve a word;
far-reaching was the influence
from the sentences she heard.
Now I want to give God's love away,
spread circles of blessings throughout the day,
aware of my pebble and the pond
and widening ripples from what I say.
by Elaine Hardt ©1993