Walking By

I walked by him completely on purpose
That old man that sat there alone
My gait even started to speed up
Even though I had nowhere to go

His clothes were dirty and tattered
His smell filled the cool morning air
I could see he had been there a while
But I walked on without a care

Then I heard his voice as it rattled
It stopped me there in my tracks
Son don’t you know that I’m Jesus
I was hoping you’d turn and come back

Do I see the needy
Do I hear their cry
Or am I too busy
When I pass them by
Do I not remember
What Jesus said
What I do for others
I do for Him

I turned to face him and looked again
His eyes locked on me filled with pain
His smile was broad and his teeth were brown
I saw a man who needed a friend

I walked on over and gave him my hand
He latched onto me and arose
We walked off together to get a good meal
As we talked about life in this world

After sharing a meal and chatting a while
I asked what he had in store
He said he had lost all he had in this world
When he came home distressed from the war

Please listen to what I am saying
It is time to open our eyes
There are hundreds of needs all around us
Watch and you’ll be surprised

Do I see the needy
Do I hear their cry
Or am I too busy
When I pass them by
Do I not remember
What Jesus said
What I do for others
I do for Him

I nearly cried as he told me his tale
All the things he had to endure
The torment that filled his mind was intense
And I’m not sure what is the cure

I asked him to come and stay with me
I’d help him to find his way
I never knew I would find a friend
By just walking by on this day

Do I see the needy
Do I hear their cry
Or am I too busy
When I pass them by
Do I not remember
What Jesus said
What I do for others
I do for Him

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