Old Jim’s Prayer

Published Date Author: , July 19th, 2010

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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. Frowning as he saw the man hadn’t shaved in quite a while.

His shirt was kinda shabby and his coat was worn and frayed. The man knelt and 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, ‘What are you doing here?’

The old man said, he worked down the road. Lunch was half an hour. Lunchtime was his prayer time to, for receiving strength and finding 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 OTHERS 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, CHECKING IN WITH YOU TODAY.’

The minister feeling foolish, told Jim, that it was fine. He told the man he was welcome to come and pray at anytime.

Time to go, Jim smiled, said ‘Thanks.’ He hurried to the door. The minister knelt at the altar, Like 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 OTHERS 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 CHECKING IN WITH YOU TODAY.’

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 him, learning he was ill.

The hospital staff was worried, But he’d given them a thrill.

The week that Jim was with them, Brought changes in the ward. His smiles, a joy contagious. Changed people, was his reward.

The head nurse couldn’t understand why Jim was always 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 Jim 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, JIM, HOW HAPPY I HAVE BEEN,

SINCE WE FOUND THIS FRIENDSHIP,

AND I TOOK AWAY YOUR SIN.

ALWAYS LOVE TO HEAR YOU PRAY, I THINK ABOUT YOU EACH DAY, AND SO JIM,

THIS IS JESUS CHECKING IN WITH YOU TODAY.’

If this blesses you , pass it on. Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart

May God hold you in the palm of His hand and Angels watch over you.

Please pass this page on to your friends & loved ones. If you aren’t ashamed. Jesus said,

‘ If you are ashamed of me,’ I will be ashamed of you before my Father.’

If you are not ashamed, pass this on.

But only if you mean it.

So this is me … Just Checking In Live in peace and peace will live in you.

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