Sunday, July 13, 2014

PREACHER WHEN I DIE SAY: SCS No. 10


(This is part of a series of sermonettes started Sunday May 11, 2014.  It is the hope of the author that each Sunday morning the readers might find something within these few words which help them in some small way to take on the new week with a bit more energy and hope.)   

Preacher
don’t tell my wife
how bad I’ve been
because she already knows
only God knows more than her
about how many sins
I’ve commited on this earth
and the last words
over my decaying body
need not be your attempt
to save the world
or preach your best
evangelistic message
because it may be
just Patty sitting there
and she doesn’t need saving
she needs reminding
that He is sitting
there beside her.

So Preacher
tell her about
how close Jesus
will hold her
don’t lie and tell her
how soon it will be better
instead tell her
how close Jesus
will hold her.

Preacher
can you do that one thing?

Just tell her
Patty,
Jesus has you
in His arms
like a little lamb.

Most of you have never heard me preach, but be assured I might open a sermon this way to make sure people were listening and to make my point.  Jesus got the attention of the world with His death and resurrection, but we have a hard time feeling Him beside us when we go through tough times.  The many different ways He said “I am with you always, to the end of the age” should leave no doubt He walks with anyone who will let Him.  


© Ed Cooper, 7/13/2014, Stoney Creek, Tennessee

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