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Never found the Time

by Al Parr
December 21, 2014
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I knelt to pray but not for long,
I had too much to do.
I had to hurry and get to work
For bills would soon be due.
So I knelt and said a hurried prayer,
And jumped up off my knees.
My Christian duty was now done
My soul could rest at ease.

All day long I had no time
To spread a word of cheer:
No time to speak of Christ to friends,
They'd laugh at me I'd fear.
No time, no time, too much to do,
Was my ever=constant cry,
No time to give to souls in need -
But then the time: the time to die.

I went before the Lord,
I came, I stood with downcast eyes.
For in his hands God held a book;
It was the book of life.
God looked into his book and said;
"Your name I cannot find.
I once was going to write it down...
But never found the time."

The author of the above is unknown to me; the poem has been in my files for many years. Regardless of the author's name or faith, his sentiment is arresting, isn't it? Oh, God won't make such a speech as that, and we can be thankful that His mercy is perfect. But His justice is also perfect; He writes in the book the names of those only who have with sincere heart given Him all the trust and obedience they can muster.

As we think this week and next of the passage of time, wouldn't this be a good time to consider how we are using the time that God has given to us?