Checking In With Jesus

Posted Aug 05, 2011 by Graham Tierney in Praise Fellowship Feedback and Sharing Hits: 7,793

CHECKING IN WITH JESUS

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I greet you in the name of our Heavenly Father and the Blessed name of His Son Jesus Christ.

Another dear friend of mine sent this poem to me in an email the other day as a blessing, and as I was reading it this morning I felt a strong impression to share it. Obviously Jesus wanted to “check in” with me through this poem otherwise he wouldn’t have led me to it and what better way to share it than with you my dear friends.

When I first received and read the poem a week ago I was reminded of a passage in the book Steps To Christ which I believe this poem ably depicts, so I will share it here.

“Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend”. (Steps to Christ p 93)

Checking In With Jesus

A minister passing through his church in the middle of the day,

decided to pause by the altar to see who had come to pray.j

just then the back door opened, a man came down the aisle,

 

and the minister frowned as he saw the man hadn't shaved in quite a while.
His shirt was kind of shabby and his coat was worn and frayed,
but he knelt and he bowed his head, then rose and walked away.
In the days that followed, at noon time came this chap,
each time he knelt a moment, a lunch pail in his lap.
Well, the minister's suspicions grew, with robbery his main fear,
so he decided to stop the man and ask, 'why are you coming here?'
The old man said he worked down the road, and lunch was half an hour,
and that this was his time of prayer, for finding strength and power.
'I can stay for only moments, see, because the factory is such a way;
So, here I kneel speaking to my Lord and this is what I say:
'I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, LORD,

 

HOW HAPPY I HAVE BEEN, SINCE WE FOUND EACH OTHERS FRIENDSHIP AND YOU TOOK AWAY MY SIN.

AND I DON'T KNOW MUCH OF HOW TO PRAY, BUT I THINK ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY.

SO, JESUS, THIS IS MIKE, JUST CHECKING IN TODAY.'

 

The minister feeling foolish, told Mike that it was fine.

He told him he was welcome, to come to pray anytime

Time to go, so Mike smiled and quickly said, 'Thanks' as he hurried to the door.

Then the minister knelt at the altar, He'd never done that before.

His cold heart had melted and warmed with love as he met with Jesus there,

then as the tears flowed in his heart and eyes, he repeated old Mike's prayer:

 

'I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, LORD,

HOW HAPPY I HAVE BEEN, SINCE WE FOUND EACH OTHERS FRIENDSHIP AND YOU TOOK AWAY MY SIN.

AND I DON'T KNOW MUCH OF HOW TO PRAY, BUT I THINK ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY.

SO, JESUS, THIS IS ME CHECKING IN TODAY.'

 

Past noon one day, the minister noticed that old Mike hadn't come.

And as more days passed without Mike, he began to worry some.

He went to find the factory and he asked about Mike there he learned he was in hospital so he went to see how ill.

However, the nurses were all happy, because Mike had given them such a thrill.

The week that Mike was with them, brought changes in the ward.

His smiles and cheer contagious, changed people, his reward.

The nurses could not understand though, why Mike every day was glad,

when no flowers, calls or cards arrived, and not a visitor he had had.

The minister came and sat by Mike and voiced the staff’s concern:

No friends had come to show they cared and Mike, nowhere to turn.

Looking surprised old Mike spoke out and with a winsome smile;

'the staff is wrong, they must not know, He's with me all the while,

Especially at the noon time hour He’s right beside my bed you see,

He sits right down and takes my hand, then says He to me:

 

'I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, MIKE, HOW HAPPY I HAVE BEEN,

SINCE WE FOUND THIS FRIENDSHIP, AND I TOOK AWAY YOUR SIN.

I ALWAYS LOVE TO HEAR YOU PRAY, AND THINK ABOUT YOU EVERY DAY,

AND SO MIKE,

THIS IS JESUS CHECKING IN TODAY.'

 

Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.