Many people play small but important roles in a child’s life growing up. Only as that child reaches senior years do he/she appreciate those investors even though names are long forgotten. This is especially true of those in my experiences of being a child in Sunday School then youth club at the Rockdale (NSW) Church of Christ. They have long since entered into the presence of the Lord ere I reflected upon how much grace and patience they showed me over years.
If I could say, “Thank you!” to…
Seventy–nine years I’ve been able to have seen
A life far different than might have been.
Age looks back to youthful scenes
And I wonder who those unknowns were
Who begged you, “Lord, be merciful to Ray.”
And You met me to change my way
How I would like to say, “Thank you”To the unknown, unsung faithful ones
Concerned for me in careless days,
Wanting you to change my ways.
Long did they labour against despair
As you stored their fervent prayer
Such a moment came with driving force.Their prayers empowered by your grace
Made me sense we were face to face.
You showed me how you saw me,
A most unpleasant identity.
Then offered a new destiny
Mine to forsake
A stricken heart.Condemned mind.
A fearful choice,
“Shape up or ship out.”
Claimed, Christ’s forgiveness.
Delivered from hypocrisy.
Cleansed from iniquity.
And, though then unknown,
Called to ministry.
I would, if I could, say
To unknown men and women,
“Thank you for praying for me
See, what you and God
Have done for me!”
©Ray Hawkins Nov. 2017.