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10/15/11 Weekend Grif.Net – Checking In Today

10/15/11 Weekend Grif.Net – Checking In Today

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’ve =
been

Since
we found each others friendship and You took away my =
sin.

Don’t
know much of how to pray, but I think about You every =
day,

So
Jesus, this is Mike checking in today.’

 

The
minister feeling foolish, told Mike, that was fine. =

He
told the man he was welcome to come and pray just =
anytime.

 

Time
to go, Mike smiled, said ‘Thanks.’ He hurried to the door. =

The
minister 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 Mike’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.

Don’t
know much of how to pray, but I think about You every =
day,

So
Jesus, this is me checking in today.’

 

Past
noon one day, the minister noticed that old Mike hadn’t come. =

As
more days passed without Mike, 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 Mike 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 Mike 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 nowhere to turn. =

 

Looking
surprised, old Mike spoke up and with a winsome smile; =

‘The
nurse is wrong, she couldn’t know, that He’s 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, Mike, how happy I’ve =
been

Since
we found each others friendship and I took away your =
sin.

Always
love to hear you pray, I think about You every =
day,

And
so, Mike, this is Jesus checking in today.’

 

[Thanks
for the forward to Rebecca]

~~

Dr
Bob Griffin

bob@grif.net
www.grif.net

"Jesus
Knows Me, This I Love!"