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What do you see?

What do you see?

What do you see nurses? . . . .. . What do you see?
What are you thinking . .. … . . when you’re looking at me?
A crabby old man . .. . .. . not very wise,
Uncertain of habit . . . . . with faraway eyes?

Who dribbles his food . . . . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . . . . . ‘I do wish you’d try!’
Who seems not to notice ….. .. . .. . the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . A sock or shoe?

Who, resisting or not .. . . . . lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . . . The long day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking? . .. . . . Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse . . . . . you’re not looking at me..

I’ll tell you who I am. . . .. . . As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, . . . . . as I eat at your will.
I’m a small child of Ten . . .. …. . with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters . . . . .. who love one another.

A young boy of Sixteen . . . . with wings on his feet.
Dreaming that soon now . . . . . a lover he’ll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . . . my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows . . . . . that I promised to keep.

At Twenty-Five, now . . .. …. . I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . . .. And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . . .. . With ties that should last.

At Forty, my young sons . . . . . have grown and are gone,
But my woman’s beside me . . . .. . to see I don’t mourn.
At Fifty, once more, babies play ’round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . .. My loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me . . . . . my wife is now dead.
I look at the future . . . . . shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing . .. . . . young of their own.
And I think of the years …. . . . . and the love that I’ve known.

I’m now an old man . . . … … and nature is cruel.
‘Tis jest to make old age . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles . . . . . grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone . . . . where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass . . . . . a young guy still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys . . . . . I remember the pain.
And I’m loving and living . . . .. . life over again.

I think of the years, all too few . .. . . . gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . .. . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .. . … . . open and see.
Not a crabby old man . .. . Look closer . . . see ME!!

There is a story that goes with this poem that has circulated via email, the story is fiction but the sentiments in the poem are all too real….that makes this “story” worth sharing in my humble opinion. Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within. We will all, one day, be there too!


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Posted by on August 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Please help Somalia – Feed the Need

Twelve million people are being crushed by a famine made even more fierce by the worst drought in 60 years

Ever use the term “I’m starving to death?” Most of us have and yet most of us have NO IDEA what it means to starve to death.

This is what it looks like!

Famine-hit Somalia is facing a cholera epidemic amid poor sanitary conditions, World Health Organization officials say.

The suffering is compounded by the constant violence and strife in the region.

The United Nations estimates 30,000 people have died, and many more are at risk.

More than half the children in Somalia are malnourished, and one in three could die.

Money raised will provide food, water, shelter and medicine.

Americans are donating the most to help ease the suffering. The United States has given $580 million in aid this year. Britain comes second, contributing $205 million so far, while Saudi Arabia is the largest Muslim donor with $60 million.

The government of Canada has pledged $72 million in support funding for the region this year, apart from the current fundraising drive.

To make a contribution, visit:

humanitariancoalition.ca

redcross.ca

unicef.ca

worldvision.ca

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Book Review…”Double-Wide”

Will Jesus Buy Me A Double-Wide? (Cause I Need More Room For My Plasma TV)

A Zondervan Book by: Karen Spears Zacharias

“Author Karen Spears Zacharias believes Christians have been paying good money for a false doctrine—the Cash and
Cadillac Gospel.” (credit: Zondervan synopsis)

Intriguing title isn’t it? In “Double-Wide” Karen shares 19 stories from “The Evangelist” to “The Mogul” to “The Entrepreneur” and several others along the way, illustrating with laughter and tears the message that a relationship with God is not about (or should not be) what He can do for us, how He can prosper us and bestow His favor on us.

What is the prosperity gospel? It has been called the “name it and claim it” gospel, “gospel of success” – the “Cash and Cadillac Gospel” and so on. It is the “good news” that God wants believers to be materially wealthy. Dr. Robert Tilton is a well-known proponent of the prosperity gospel – according to his website “All of the books Dr. Tilton’s has written inspire the reader to Expect Greater Things from God.” A common message amongst the prosperity preachers is giving. They encourage their followers to give generously, which is all well and good, but the motive for giving generously is that God gives back more in return and then this leads to a cycle of ever-increasing prosperity. That is about the gist of it – it is all about you and you gaining wealth and prosperity because, you know, you deserve it! The thing is, it is these “evangelists” who are becoming wealthy on that money people are sending in to God.

Some details from Zondervan’s website on this book:

Description: 
What does it really mean to be blessed by God?

With Southern charm and razor-sharp wit in Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?, author Karen Spears Zacharias shows how the “prosperity” gospel has led us astray from true Christianity and helped create people and churches focused on greed.

Zacharias unpacks story after story of families and individuals using the name of God as a means to living their own “good life.” You’ll hear shocking tales of those who exploit the gospel for their own gain, and mega-evangelists who live in million-dollar mansions with children groomed from the cradle to sell the message of Christ while their parents rake in the cash. Discover churches that have modeled themselves on Wall Street and unbridled materialism, and see what is happening to them now. Is this the good life?

You’ll also meet some unlikely folks who live with genuine biblical integrity. People who know that God is more than some cosmic genie who gives them an easy life, a fat bank account, and a second home in an exotic location.

Come discover stories about authentic Christianity and the true “good life” in Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?

From the book jacket:

“We have this notion that God owes us better than we’ve gotten.”

“We treat God like a slot machine, yanking on the prayer cable, hoping that the triple 7’s will appear.” writes Karen Spears Zacharias

Endorsements:

“Behind this satirical title lies a book filled with insight and wisdom. Karen Spears Zacharias provides parables of people who confront their faith with truth and grit. It’s an honest and timely read.”          Michael Morris, author of Slow Way Home

“An honest, raw account of some who use God for their purposes and some who seek to follow God to use them – a huge difference!”
                                                                             Rev. Dr. Layne E. Smith, senior pastor, Viewmont Baptist Church, Hickory, North Carolina

You can also read Karen’s blog at: http://www.patheos.com/community/karenspearszacharias/

I enjoyed reading “Double-Wide” and regularly enjoy reading Karen’s blog. Looking for a copy of “Where is Your Jesus Now? Examining How Fear Erodes Our Faith” and “After the Flag Has Been Folded.” I cannot find any bookstore or Christian bookstore selling “Where is Your Jesus Now?” – maybe I’ll find a resale copy at Amazon?

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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