Sunday, October 12, 2008

Just Checking In

Today's Link
The Writing on the Wall

Saying for the Day
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. ~St. Augustine

Picture of the Day

Friend Ralph sent me this and I thought Sunday was a good day to share it with you

A pastor passing through his church
in the middle of the day,
decided to pause by the altar
and see who had come to pray.

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

His shirt was kind of 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 pastor'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.
Lunchtime was his prayer time,
for finding strength and power.

'I stay only moments, see,
because the factory is so far away;
as I kneel here talking to the Lord,
This is kind'a 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 TODAY.'

The pastor 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, said 'Thanks.'
He hurried to the door.
The pastor knelt at the altar,
he'd never done it before.

His cold heart melted, warmed with love,
and met with Jesus there.
As the 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 TODAY'

Past noon one day, the pastor 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 pastor 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 TODAY.

News from Pigeon Falls
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal.
It’s a beautiful Fall day in Pigeon Falls.
Pastor Joan expects the attendance at 8;00 to be larger than usual as people want to get an early start on the day. They don’t want to skip Church but they want to get it done., not the best reason for Church attendance . It is, however, the way things are.
A lot of people plan on having picnics today out at the Lake of the Loons. The trees are beautiful, the air is clean and crisp, and they can watch the whale. A lot of beautiful pictures will be taken and shared with relatives who live in the city. Some of the pictures will even be taken by cameras that use film.
Some Ghost Groupies showed up today only to discover the museum wasn't open on Sunday. They stood around outside and listened to the music. The director was kind enough to have left the curtain open so they could see the piano and the dancing shows through the window. That seemed to make them happy.
Herman Hatlverson got the Saturday night bartender to serve him six driblets. But he had to promise not to tell anybody or the bartender would get in trouble. After the sixth driblet Herman staggered out of the Fly Inn , fell down the three steps and hit is head. Then he staggered home where he fell down in front of the television. During the night he says he found himself in a black place and a light was shining. A voice said” Obama will win”. Then he fell back into the darkness. In the morning he announced he had his second vision. He is going to call his visions Haltvers . Unlike driblets they are very clear with no hidden meanings.

Wrap Up
It was a very good day. THe Church service was great except for the children's sermon. It left a bit to be desired. Pennie played Margaret and I worked with her and the Sunday School kids to tell the story of Daniel.THe main sermon, however, was very good. The Choir sang and the children's choir. The fellowship was great. Came home and updated the Saint Mark's website. Then my grandkids came and their dog. The two dogs did not get along. Maggie wanted to play and Spanky wanted to be left alone. Now I need a breathing treatment.
GBYA
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10 Comments:

Blogger Janvangogh said...

No doubt a black market for Driblets will develop if Herman's vision comes true.

4:16 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

That was a truly beautiful story Dr JOhn..and surely one to enjoy on a Sunday morning!!! Wishing you and Betty a great day!

6:12 AM  
Anonymous noble pig said...

Lovely story and Have a great Sunday!

7:35 AM  
Blogger Bazza said...

Nice story, thanks to Ralph for sending it and you Dr John for sharing it.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Beautiful story! Great picture too. Thank you.

9:39 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

Wonderful, A Blessed Sunday is wished for you and Betty

9:46 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Oh great! So now we have to wait until Election day to see if Herman is REALLY having visions - or if he's just another drunk, huh? LOL!

The 8 o'clock service at FIRST Lutheran this morning was LIGHT - but the 10:45 service was HEAVY - Thankfully it was at the 8:00 service that I entirely BOTCHED both the children's service AND my readings! My efforts at the later service went off perfectly! :)

I LOVE that little poem (though I can't even imagine a pastor who never prayed at the alter)... and I sent it on to my Pastor Paul!

Now... I need you & Betty to pray for Dennis! VERY specifically... Pastor Paul & Kathy are going to be starting a class on Marriage in about 3 weeks. I am going to ask Dennis to come to this class with me ... please pray that God will somehow touch him and he will agree! Thank you!

10:10 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

I think I would enjoying living in Pigeon Falls.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Carver said...

I'm glad you had a good day. Very touching story.

5:56 PM  
Blogger Cherie said...

Love the poem. It fits perfectly with the day's saying. I try to live like that, but sometimes I forget. If we could all relate to God and live like that all the time, what a world this would be.

12:46 PM  

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