I asked my Father…?
I asked the Lord for greater love for others
He put the most obnoxious person in my path
I asked the Lord for a heart for the abused
He showed me my mother who by my schizophrenic father was beaten and bruised
I asked the Lord for solutions to those in the plight of poverty
He asked me, “Kevin, what are you doing for the suffering you see?”
I asked the Lord for wisdom of how to advocate for those who are poor and have challenges
He put me on the path of abuse, illness and poverty
That with that insight I would help them be treated with dignity
I asked the Lord for love for the worst of humanity
He put a relative filled with seething hatred and bitterness into my life
Who brought into my life much disharmony
She got saved before dying of cancer
Our Father said to me, “Kevin, always have compassion for humanity
For the worst can always come to Me when forgiveness of their sin they ask
I will change them inside
That love in their hearts for others would always abide.”
God asked me, “Kevin, how much do you love Me?”
I said, “Father, more than I could ever express
You loved me when my life was in a mess
When the path for my life I did not know
Oh, how I felt You love me so!
You showed me the way to go
Your Son took upon Him all my sin
That new life, new love for others would dwell within
You called me to forgive my father and all who have hurt me
That Your love for them You would put in my heart
Then, the road to my inner healing did start.”
Then, our Father said to me,
“Kevin, always have faith for those you think are beyond hope
The darkest of people can always come to Me
I said, “Father, may that truth I always see.”
Kevin Osborne is training to become a minister, psychotherapist and chaplain. He and his wife, Karen, plan to open a counselling practice. Karen enjoys doing cross-stitch. She 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!” Karen is taking graduate divinity studies at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Kevin is planning on taking graduate studies there. Karen is also planning on entering an M.A.-Ph.D. program through St. James the Elder Seminary majoring in Christian Psychology.
Our greatest calling is to be servants of our Lord wherever He calls us to go.
Posted on May 19, 2016, in Poetry, Rethinking and tagged abuse, advocacy, family, God, Hope, humanity, illness, life, love, mental illness, mind's seat, poetry, poverty, prayer, salvation, schizophrenia, suffering. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.