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Monday, March 18, 2013

The Absent Touch

If God did to you as you have done to others, what would be your fate? Do you sense a basic fairness in life: “What goes around comes around”? Or does life seem unfair or unpredictable? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1134).

One of my sweetest memories was weekly sitting in Sunday school class at Trinity United Methodist Church in Saint Petersburg, Fl during the 1990’s. The class was taught by Andy H. Heinz, Jr. Andy was an influential businessman trained in his university days as an engineer. He rose to the top of the corporation where he worked and also sat on many boards of other companies. He would often illustrate points within his lessons by drawing various schematics on the blackboard. For example, he would illustrate the scope of how our behavior might affect and influence others by drawing emanating waves as when a rock is thrown into a pond; or he would draw a curve illustrating how societies go through cycles varying from faithfulness to God vs turning away from him and the accompanying societal decline. Once he gave me a book of poems he wrote entitled Time and The Kite. Today I would like to share a poem found there pertaining to the above italicized questions. 

Where Were You When I Needed You?

Where were you when I needed you,
When all was going dim;
When trouble like a rising tide
Was making my life grim?

When all around was going down,
And nothing seemed to stand,
Then I reached out to feel your touch
And you withdrew your hand.

And yet I know you are my friend
And I a friend to you,
And when I search inside myself
I’ve done the same thing, too.

So when you rise in righteous wrath
For one who turned away,
Remember that in humankind
It happens every day.

And when your friend needs help the most
Be steady and be there,
And when your time of testing comes
There may be one who cares.

But still your friends may disappear
And you may stand alone,
Remember then behind the scene
God watches o’er His own.

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