The Secret Heart

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When You Really Know a Sister
by Debra Oaks Coe Copyright 2002
When you really know a sister, know her joys and know her cares,
When you've come to understand her and the burdens that she bears,
When you've learned the fights she's fighting and the troubles in her way,
Then you'll find that she is different than you thought her yesterday.
You find her faults are trivial and there's not so much to blame
In the sister that you ridiculed when you only knew her name.
Some are quick to see the blemish in another sister's style,
Some point to all the errors and then cause a great big rile.
As you talk about the failures of the sister you don't know,
You drive away God's spirit and you've no more spiritual glow.
As you learn about her trials and you try her strengths to see,
You'll find you like her better and we'll have more unity.
If we could really know each other and heed our Savior's plea,
We'll do a lot more lifting and be much more spiritually free.
When we begin to understand and we cease to scoff and sneer,
Differences like age and status will always disappear.
You'll begin to find the virtues and the faults you cease to tell,
For you'll never hate a sister when you really know her well.
When next you start in sneering and your phrases turn to blame,
Recall the sacred covenants when you took our Savior's name.
To mourn with those that mourn is like an angel here to be
To comfort those that stand in need is divine I guarantee.
Such understanding and compassion, are not easy to obtain
You must set your mind to trying and from prejudice abstain.
For it's likely that acquaintance would your prejudice dispel,
And you'd really come to like her if you knew her very well.
When you get to know the sisters and you understand their ways,
Then their faults won't really matter, for you'll find a lot to praise.
So remember to be Christlike and concentrate on all that's good,
For we all want help and comfort; we all need to be understood.


The Secret Heart
by Claire Helmers (c)1997 all rights reserved

I wonder, sometimes, if you know how much I need your love.
How much I crave a compliment, how much I want a hug.
I wonder if you share my fear of always falling short
Of thinking I'm the only one with faults and sins and warts.

Do you like me, put on a face that says your life is swell,
But shake and tremble deep inside that fragile outer shell?
Please don't be fooled by my facade, I've worn it now for years
But often, just below my smile, my throat is full of tears.

Are you convinced that others here are worthier than you?
They know the gospel, pay their tithes, and shine in Sunday School
Their kids don't fight, their house is clean, they never raise their voice.
You'd gladly trade your life for theirs, if you just had a choice.

Well, please remember, sisters dear, that life's not all it seems.
The lives that other women live are only in your dreams
They worry, struggle, cry and pray, and never have enough
Of love from women like yourself, of gentle female stuff.

I need your love like you need mine;  I need forgiveness too
For falling short of my ideals, and wishing I was you
So if you like me, tell me so, just tell me to my face
I need to hear that , oh so much: I need your warm embrace.

Do you like my dress, my hair, my smile, the lesson I just gave?
Well, tell me every Sunday, please;  I'd love it if you rave.
You see, I'm not as smart or strong or good as you may think;
Life gets me down; you'd be surprised how low my moods can sink.

Well, who am I? I'm everyone--I'm every woman here
Who needs a friend, a confidante, a non-judgmental ear,
Who wants to feel important and to know somebody cares,
Who needs to feel she's up to all the burdens that she bears.

So please don't be afraid of me; draw near to me instead,
Pour out your heart and soul to me and get inside my head.
Let's be a whole fraternity of inter linking hearts.
That's how the Savior planned it,  if we each just do our part.

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