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JUST CHECKING IN

A minister passing through his church In the middle of the day, He decided to pause by the altar and see who had come to pray. Just then the back door opened and a man came down the aisle. The minister frowned as he saw the man hadn't shaved in a while. His shirt was kinda shabby. And his coat was worn and frayed. The man knelt; he bowed his head, then rose and walked away.

In the days that followed, each noontime this chap came. Each time he knelt just for a moment, A lunch pail in his lap. Well, the minister's suspicions grew. With robbery a main fear, he decided to stop the man and ask him, “What are you doing here?”

The old man said he worked down the road. Lunch was half an hour. Lunchtime was his prayer time for finding strength and power. "I stay only moments, see, because the factory is so far away. As I kneel here talking to the Lord, this is kinda what I say: I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, LORD, HOW HAPPY I'VE BEEN, SINCE WE FOUND EACH OTHERS FRIENDSHIP AND YOU TOOK AWAY MY SIN. DON'T KNOW MUCH OF HOW TO PRAY, BUT I THINK ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY. SO, JESUS, THIS IS MIKE CHECKING IN TODAY.”

The minister, feeling foolish, told Mike that was fine. He told the man he was welcome to come and pray anytime.

Time to go, Mike smiled, said “Thanks.” He hurried to the door. The minister knelt at the altar. He'd never done it before. His cold heart melted, warmed with love. And he met with Jesus there. As the tears flowed, in his heart, he repeated old Mike's prayer: “I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, LORD, HOW HAPPY I'VE BEEN SINCE WE FOUND EACH OTHERS FRIENDSHIP AND YOU TOOK AWAY MY SIN. I DON'T KNOW MUCH OF HOW TO PRAY, BUT I THINK ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY. SO, JESUS, THIS IS ME CHECKING IN TODAY.”

Past noon one day, the minister noticed that old Mike hadn't come. As more days passed without Mike, he began to worry some. At the factory, he asked about him, learning he was ill and in the hospital. The hospital staff was worried, But he'd given them a thrill. The week that Mike was with them, he brought changes in the ward. His smiles were a joy contagious. Changed people, were his reward. The head nurse couldn't understand why Mike was so glad, when there were no flowers, no calls or cards came, nor any visitors.

The minister stayed by his bed, He voiced the nurse's concern: No friends came to show they cared. He had nowhere to turn. Looking surprised, old Mike spoke up and with a winsome smile; “The nurse is wrong, she couldn't know, that He's in here all the while. Every day at noon He's here, a dear friend of mine, you see, He sits right down, takes my hand, Leans over and says to me: “I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, MIKE, HOW HAPPY I HAVE BEEN, SINCE WE FOUND THIS FRIENDSHIP, AND I TOOK AWAY YOUR SIN. ALWAYS LOVE TO HEAR YOU PRAY, I THINK ABOUT YOU EACH DAY, AND SO Mike, THIS IS JESUS CHECKING IN TODAY.”

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

May God hold you in the palm of His hand And Angels watch over you.