"Dede's Walk With God"

Checkin' 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 awhile.
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, Watcha doin' here?"
The old man, he worked down the road. Lunch 
was half an hour. Lunchtime was his prayer time ,
for finding strength and power.
"I stay only moment, see 'cause 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've
been since we've found each others friendship and
you took away my sin. I don't know much of how to
pray, but I think about you every day. So, Jesus, this
 is Jim, checkin' in.
The minister, 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 minister knelt at the alter, he'd
never done it before.
His cold heart melted, warmed with love, 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 others friendship and
you took away my sin. I don't know much of how to
pray but I think about you every day. So, Jesus,
this is me checkin' in.
Past noon one day, the minister noticed 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.
That week that Jim was with them, brought
changes in the ward. His smiles, a joy contagious.
Changed  people, 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 stayed by his bed, he voiced the nurse's
concern: No friends came to show they cared. He had
no where to turn.
Looking surprised, old Jim spoke up and with a
winsome smile, "The nurse is wrong, she couldn't
know that 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. I always love to hear you
pray, I think about you every day, and so Jim,
this is Jesus checkin' in.
(If anyone knows who the author is to this
beautiful writing, please let me know so I can
give them proper credit.)


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Music: When Sin Met Grace
The Heirlines

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