Let Me Then Answer
By Frances C. Yost
He answered promptly when the call first came.
He lit his lamp and went unto Eli.
The call heard twice, and then a third the same,
And every time young Samuel made reply.
At first, he thought the call from earthly spheres,
Yet did not falter, did not find excuse.
With reverence he spoke, “Thy servant hears.”
Even today this prophet’s words effuse.
When there is hunger on my village street;
When I see tears or sense a lonely waif;
When little ones pass by with faltering feet;
And even older people find the world unsafe;
When God needs help, in keeping their faith high;
Let me then answer, “Master, here am I!”