"Brighten the Corner" came to mind, and I knew that was the one I needed to sing. My first memories of the song are from the Hepburn Church of Christ in Iowa. I recall the congregation singing it when I was pretty small, and even then I loved it; I've never been able to sing it without smiling through the whole thing. My mom, when she died, left behind four different Church-of-Christ songbooks, and this morning I searched three of them for "Brighten the Corner" to no avail. Of course I found it on the Internet and printed off the words. I also read how it happened to be written: Words: Ina D. Ogdon, 1913. Early in her life, Ogdon had hoped to preach on the Chautauqua circuit. However, her father’s illness forced her to abandon her plans for an evangelistic career, in order to care for him at home. She wrote these encouraging words showing how one can serve the Lord in many different ways and circumstances. In other words, make the best of where you find yourself.
Before I sang the song this morning, I asked the congregation how many had heard of "Brighten the Corner". Very few had. What a shame.
So I sang it for them, and as usual, I couldn't keep from smiling.
All Church of Christ songbooks have shaped notes, because the church doesn't use instrumental music in their worship, and believe it or not, shaped notes really do make it easier to read music. They used to hold occasional "singing schools" teaching us how to read shaped notes.