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OLD JIM AND JESUS

 



A minister passing through his church in the middle of the day,
decided to pause by the alter and see who came to pray,

Just then the back door opened, a man came down the aisle,
The minister frowned as he saw the man hadn't shaved in a while.

His shirt was kinda shabby and his coat was worn and frayed.
The man knelt, he bowed his head, then rose and walked away.

In the days that followed, each noon time came this chap.
Each time he knelt just for a moment, a lunch pail in his lap.

Well, the minister's suspicions grew, with robbery a main fear,
He decided to stop the man and ask him, "What are you doing here?"

The old man said, he worked down the road. Lunch was half
an hour. Lunch time was his prayer time, for finding
strength and power.

"I stay only moments, see, because that factory is so far away;
As I kneel here talking to the Lord, this is kinda what I say:

"I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, LORD, HOW
HAPPY I'VE BEEN, SINCE WE FOUND EACH OTHER'S
FRIENDSHIP AND YOU TOOK AWAY MY SIN.

DON'T KNOW MUCH OF HOW TO PRAY, BUT I THINK
ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY, SO, JESUS, THIS IS
JIM CHECKING IN."

The minister feeling foolish, told Jim, that was fine. He told the
man he was welcome to come and pray just anytime.

Time to go, Jim smiled and said, "Thanks." He hurried to the
door. The minister knelt at the alter, he'd never done it before.

His cold heart melted, warmed with love, and met Jesus there.
As tears flowed, in his heart, he repeated old Jim's prayer:

"I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU LORD, HOW
HAPPY I'VE BEEN, SINCE WE FOUND EACH OTHER'S
FRIENDSHIP AND YOU TOOK AWAY MY SIN.

I DON'T KNOW MUCH OF HOW TO PRAY, BUT I THINK
ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY, SO, JESUS, THIS IS ME
CHECKING IN."

Past noon one day, the minister noticed that old Jim hadn't
come. As more days passed without Jim, he began to worry some.

At the factory, he asked about him, learning he was ill. The
hospital staff was worried, but he'd given them a thrill.

The week that Jim was with them, brought changes in the ward.
His smiles, a joy contagious. Changed people, were his reward.

The head nurse couldn't understand why Jim was so glad,
When no flowers, calls, or cards came, not a visitor he had.

The minister stayed by his bed, he voiced the nurse's concern:
No friends came to show they cared. He had nowhere to turn.

Looking surprised, old Jim spoke up and with a winsome smile;
"The nurse is wrong, she couldn't know that in here all the while
everyday at noon He's here, a dear friend of mine, you see,
He sits right down, takes my hand, leans over and says to me:

"I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, JIM, HOW HAPPY
I HAVE BEEN, SINCE WE FOUND THIS FRIENDSHIP,
AND I TOOK AWAY YOUR SIN.

ALWAYS LOVE TO HEAR YOU PRAY, I THINK ABOUT
YOU EACH DAY, AND SO JIM, THIS IS
JESUS CHECKING IN."

By Sonny Salsbury
 

 

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