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    SIN, of omission

    Misdeeds are sins of commission and missed deeds are sins of omission.


    It isn't the thing you do;
    It's the thing you leave undone,
    Which gives you a bit of heartache
    At the setting of the sun.

    The tender word forgotten,
    The letter you did not write,
    The flower you might have sent,
    Are your haunting ghosts tonight.

    The stone you might have lifted
    Out of a brother's way,
    The bit of heartsome counsel
    You were harried too much to say.

    The loving touch of the hand,
    The gentle winsome tone,
    That you had no time or tho't for
    With troubles enough of your own.

    The little acts of kindness
    So easily out of mind;
    Those chances to be helpful
    Which everyone may find.

    No, it's not the things you do,
    It's the thing you leave undone
    Which gives you the bit of heartache
    At the setting of the sun.

    By Margaret Sangster, taken from Resource, Sept./Oct., 1992, p. 2.