Sermons We See

I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day.
I’d rather one should walk with me than
merely show the way.
The eye’s a better pupil and more wiling
than the ear.
Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s
always clear;

And the best of all the preachers are the
men who live their creeds.
For to see the good in action is what
everybody needs.
I can soon learn how to do it if you’ll let me
see it done.
I can watch your hands in action, but
your tongue too fast may run.

And the lectures you deliver may be very
wise and true;
But I’d rather get my lesson by observing
what you do.
For I may misunderstand you and the high advice 
you give.
But there’s no misunderstanding how you
act and how you live.

Edgar A. Guest
1881 – 1959