Just Checking in

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by danny3861, Dec 12, 2003.

  1. danny3861

    danny3861 New Member

    JUST CHECKING IN

    A minister 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 minister frowned as he saw the man
    hadn't shaved in a while.

    His shirt was kinda 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 minister'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 kinda what I say:

    "I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, LORD,
    HOW HAPPY I HAVE 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, JUST CHECKING IN."

    The minister feeling foolish,
    told Jim, that this 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 minister knelt at the alter,
    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 HAVE 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, JUST CHECKING IN."

    Past noon one day, the minister noticed
    that old Jim hadn't come.
    As more days passed without Jim,
    he began to worry some.

    At the factory, he asked about Jim,
    learning he was ill.
    The hospital staff was worried,
    but he had 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 minister stood beside his bed,
    and 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 EACH OTHER'S FRIENDSHIP,
    AND I TOOK AWAY YOUR SIN.
    I ALWAYS LOVE TO HEAR YOU PRAY, I THINK ABOUT YOU EACH DAY, AND
    SO JIM, THIS IS JESUS JUST CHECKING IN."

    -- This message has been attributed to Sonny Salsbury
  2. PrayerWarrior316

    PrayerWarrior316 New Member

    This is such a beautiful story, Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us.

    Blessings, Judy