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Michael
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While He Is Near (For Jim)


How do you ask forgiveness from
Someone who’s already dead?
Who might have benefited some
From words you never said…
Our time on earth is fleeting,
I watched a good friend die as proof.
Though mentioned Christ not once in passing –
No, I always stood aloof.

Now the grief that comes upon me
Is not from the void in my life,
But the thought of what eternity
Away from God must be like.
I can scream and cry I’m sorry,
But what retribution meets this sin?
For as dead in the ground lies he,
I live on, the closet Christian.

Lord, have mercy upon Jim, please…
And allow me to learn from this guilt,
That I might speak to all with ease
Of Your blessings that I’ve felt.
How You saved this worthless sinner,
Giving me a second chance.
Please let me bring forth that inner
Reassurance of deliverance.

Oh, seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near!
Let the wicked man turn around –
The unrighteous man see clear!
Let each and all return to the Lord,
For He will have compassion.
A pardon none but God would afford
In such a merciful fashion.

Don’t make the same mistakes as I,
And think, “There will always be tomorrow.”
Don’t let a chance to save a friend slip by,
And weigh you down with sorrow.
But understand everyone you meet,
In God’s image was created.
A movie star or a junkie on the street –
In Go we’re all related.

And know that it but takes a word
You offered to another,
To have the peace that you’ve assured
Eternity for your brother…
But no emotion, doubt, or shame
Is worth the second guessing
Of having not shared Jesus’ name,
Or offered a past friend His blessing.



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1 posted 10-18-2011 09:25 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

What a poignant plea... and one we all need to hear and heed!

And know that it but takes a word
You offered to another,
To have the peace that you’ve assured
Eternity for your brother…

These are words I need to tape to my mirror and repeat each morning... so shyness never has the chance to trump opportunity.
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2 posted 11-05-2011 10:18 PM       View Profile for Dinosr   Email Dinosr   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dinosr

Michael,
..Really enjoyed your thoughts.
So balanced they sing. Looking
forward for your following.
            Karl
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I feel your pain and compassion and I also feel your compelling us to be a better witness for the Lord.  Thanks for sharing.  -Bob


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Oh, yeah, I almost forgot, I like your new avatar too.

 
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