1 Would you be a sunbeam fill’d with heaven’s light,
Shedding forth its beauty over scenes of night?
In this world of sorrow, sickness, sin, and woe,
Try to be a blessing ev’rywhere you go.
Be a blessing on life’s weary mile;
Be a blessing with a word or smile;
Be a blessing, ev’rywhere the same,
Try to be a blessing in the Master’s name.
2 Where the tears are falling and the hearts are sad,
Take some gospel message that will make them glad;
Strive to give them comfort by some loving deed,
Try to be a blessing in the time of need. [Refrain]
3 Just a cup of water, for the Master’s sake,
May sweet chords of music in some bosom wake;
Seek to help some pilgrim t’ward the golden land,
Try to be a blessing, both with voice and hand. [Refrain]
Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church.
Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher.
For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >
Display Title: Be A BlessingFirst Line: Would you be a sunbeam filled with Heaven’s lightTune Title: [Would you be a sunbeam filled with Heaven’s light]Author: Johnson Oatman Jr.Source: Fairer Than Day (Philadelphia: George C. Hugg, 1902)