The Mwani people have a word
they say with happy pride:
"A drop of water in a shell
is to the ant the tide."
They don't have much
as there they live
upon the coastal plain,
and yet they know that little things
can yield some priceless gain
A handful of five wriggly fish
caught in a swinging net
can keep the children one more day
and take away their fret
It may seem small - a water-drop -
not much to you or me,
but to the ant tucked in her shell,
it is the raging sea ...!
So, too, some strange words on a page
may empty be to you,
but to the ones who ne'er have heard
it could be life anew!
For many yet in darkness walk,
their language still unwrit,
they need a messenger to bring
the blessed Manuscript
To learn their sounds and write them down,
and teach them how to read,
that etchings made in black on white
might fill their deep soul need
So Lord, we pray You take our drop,
the little we can give,
and use it as a swelling tide
that others, too, might live!
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