The Leaves in my yard are still there from last year,

They’ve never been raked, and so they’re still here

You know raking is work, now, and it takes some time,

Takes patient endurance, like making a rhyme

It struck me that neighbors are much like these leaves,

Just putting around, like dirt with no seeds

They’re close but not touching, like our family,

And often seem distant, each one with their need

With no one that’s close to them to rely on,

By sharing God’s love, new life we can spawn

Fresh hope from the Savior, like cheese over bread,

His peace fills our heart, as we each bow our head

Our neighbors are people, just like you and me,

God loves and He cares, and He wants them to see

The change in our lives that His presence has wrought,

Our freedom from guilt that forgiveness has bought

If we cannot show them, and we cannot tell,

I wonder if we really know God that well

If our only claim (the difference in us) is a habit or two,

A deed we have done or just our attitude

We’re fooling ourselves that we follow the Lord,

That we have been changed or that we love His word

For unless He is living inside of our shell,

Giving us power to love others well

Fueling our faith in God’s only Son,

Believing we’re saved based on what Christ has done

Drawing us rightly to feed on His word,

To worship each week through the preaching we’ve heard

To pray for His blessing on all those around,

To cleanse us and heal us, lest sin should abound

To ask that His will might be first in our heart,

Our tithes and our offerings, we each bring our part

The gospel will reach through our hearts to the lost,

Through our love and service, we’ll each count the cost

The Elect and the Chosen approach God in fear,

Repenting, forgiven, they’re now drawing near

Called to His kingdom, their task is at hand,

Proclaiming the Savior, on His blood they stand

Beloved of the Father, and chosen for grace,

His mercy is new as He looks on each face

By Justin Ogden
http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com
justwords@videomemoriespro.com
Copyright April 14, 2018

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