(John 21: 15-17)
“Feed my sheep”, was how You put it. “Feed my lambs”, You said to me.
But Lord, how CAN I feed Your children amongst such greed and tyranny?
Those who have won't share their havings, those who hate won't love like You,
though You made them, gave them life, they will not do the things You do;
And I should know, Lord, I'm the one who once, our friendship, I denied;
I loved You, served You, but when they asked me,“Don't you know Him?” 3 times I lied.
But You gave me another chance, Lord, to share You as the Bread of Life;
food for body, soul, and spirit, hope for husband, child, and wife.
We must realize Your abundance here on earth is for ALL men;
shed our lust for things and power, for hoarding is the spawn of sin.
Not Enough... is not the culprit; Ignorance...it's not about;
Lack is caused by selfish people; with hearts of stone, they've kicked You out!
In this world of rich and plenty, Jesus, press us 'til we cry,
in our self-examinations, “Lord, please tell me, is it I
who've betrayed Your great commission? Have I done enough to feed
this world's poor and starving people, overlooked by my own greed?
Open, please, our hearts to love them, humble us to make this right;
all together we can do this, shed our darkness, share Your light.
“Feed my sheep”, is what You told us, “Feed my lambs” speaks to us all.
Help us do Your loving, giving, and Thank You for this
rake-up-take-up-shake-up-make-up, THANK YOU for this Wake-Up Call!
(c) By Mary Steadman Rhodes
Mary Steadman Rhodes is a Christian wife, mother, & grandmother living in Landover, Maryland. She and her husband of 40+ years have been singing, composing, & writing for many years...and STILL have a lot to say!
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