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

No One Knows

No one knows the depth of sin that once ruled in my heart
No one knows the damage that this sin to me imparts
No one knows the chains that bound my mind to think I’m smart
No one knows but Jesus

No one knows the depth of love that God showed me that day
No one knows the cost He bore to give His Son away
No one knows how much it took to change my sinful ways
No one knows but Jesus

He knows my every sorrow
He knows my every care
He knows when I am hurting
His love is always there
He knows my inner struggles
He knows my wandering heart
He knows deep down I love Him
His love never departs

No one knows how much I want to serve Him with my all
No one knows exactly what will be my lifelong call
No one knows how often I still stumble and then fall
No one knows but Jesus

He gave His all for me
That day on Calgary
He died to take my sin and set me free
He knew what it would take
This was no mistake
He bled and died
Then rose on high
To bring me victory

He knows my every sorrow
He knows my every care
He knows when I am hurting
His love is always there
He knows my inner struggles
He knows my wandering heart
He knows deep down I love Him
His love never departs

 

The Eyes of Jesus

I dreamed I was walking down the street
Saw a beggar begging bread
I drop a few coins in His tin cup
Then on down the street I head

I sew a drunk man crossing the street
Has trouble finding his way
I take his arm to help him across
Then continue on with my day

I saw three young men coming my way
Their clothing and look was a mess
I bowed my head and walked silently
So as not to give them offense

What did I see when I looked at them all
Through these judgmental eyes of mine
Did my pride rise up and see their sin
Or did His mercy fill up my eyes

With all the hatred throughout our land
The church needs to rise up tall
One by one we must take a stand
And humble ourselves at the cross

He looked on us full of compassion
No matter what filled up our lives
He cried Father forgive them for you and I
As He hung His head and died

If I’ll look with the eyes of Jesus
Full of compassion and love
Perhaps I can plant a seed in their lives
And turn their hearts above

Help me Lord when I cross their paths
To see the sinner and not the sin
Give me courage to share your love with them
Give me the right words within

Make me humble and down to earth
Make me appeal to their needs
Help me to find some common ground
Help me to plant a seed

My Guardian

Through sunshine or rain
Sorrow or pain
You are there for me

Through laughter and tears
In faith or in fears
You are there for me

No matter the time
No matter the place
No matter the attitude
I might display
I have the assurance
Deep down in my soul
That you will be there with me

Jesus my guardian
Jesus my friend
Keeps me from danger
Forgives my sin
Watches o’er me
Like an eagle her nest
Always brings to me
That which is best

In good times and bad
In joy or when sad
You are there for me

In living or death
In this life and next
You are there for me

No matter the day
No matter the hour
No matter the mess I’m in
You show your power
And when I can’t seem
To find a way out
I know you are there with me

Jesus my guardian
Jesus my friend
Keeps me from danger
Forgives my sin
Watches o’er me
Like an eagle her nest
Always brings to me
That which is best

Your Children

I have to admit it’s true
I hope it’s not true of you
I have a tendency
To lack the decency
Of giving each person their due

I have been quilty for years
Of giving a label from fear
If someone is different
I get defiant
And judge them from what I can see

Lord, help me to have compassion
To all who I have interaction
Let me see their heart
And know that they are
A child of yours just as I am

 

 

In response to the daily prompt Label