Dear reader: On Sunday, July 24th Rev. Keith Neal, who is our pastor at Evangel Temple in Matheson, northern Ontario, Canada, experienced chest pain and dizziness. At Bingham Memorial Hospital in Matheson it was determined he experienced a serious flare- up of atrial fibrillation. This occurs when there is an irregular heartbeat that causes spikes in one’s heart rate. Those with this condition are at higher risk for stroke. He may need to have a procedure to correct this problem. Please pray for him, his wife, children and his congregation. This poem is dedicated to him and you.
Father, will it be said of me I walked with humility?
I ran this race with grace
Drew others to You through how I lived my life
Trusted You through times of strife
Was real with others about my struggles
Sought to teach others how to really know You
Spoke a gospel of love in both my words and actions
Answered the call You have for my life with joy
Took time to practice the power of presence
a cup of hot coffee offered in Your Name
a listening heart
Wasn’t that why Jesus came?
Being the Light in people’s darkness
Teaching about true love in lives filled with hate
Showing others no good deed can get them past Heaven’s gate
It is only by coming to You like a child with
a receptive heart
asking forgiveness for all we have done wrong
That’s where the call of Your love does start
Can we do any less for You who gave Your best?
Christ brought to captive souls a message of liberty
He shed His blood dying at Calvary for you and me
When this earthly race is run You’ll take us home to bright Heaven’s sun,
where there is no more darkness, terror and pain,
where love will be our eternal refrain
Kevin and Karen Osborne are Christian pastoral counsellors and psychotherapists. We are starting You Can Hope Again Counselling. Karen enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Creatures Great and Small. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories using his hand puppet, Dr. Teddy.