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How much I (we) need him

My reading this morning fits well with the following poem that John Fischer highlighted in his Catch of the Day (he notes that he does not know the author of the poem).  Reading Is 53:3-6 in New Living and parenthesis are my personalization of the passage.

we (I) turned our backs (my back) on him and looked the other way

he was despised and we (I) did not care

it was our (my) weaknesses he carried

it was our (my) sorrows that weighed him down

he was pierced for our (my) rebellion

crushed for our (my) sins

beaten so we (I) could be made whole

whipped so we (I) could be healed

All of us like (I am like a) sheep have strayed away

We (I) have left God’s own paths to follow our (my) own.

Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all!

Who’s in heaven?
by John Fischer

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. I was shocked, confused, bewildered
As I entered Heaven’s door,
Not by the beauty of it all,
Nor the lights, or its decor.

But it was the folks in Heaven
Who made me sputter and gasp–
The thieves, the liars, the sinners,
The alcoholics, and the trash.

There stood the kid from seventh grade
Who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor
Who never said anything nice.

Herb, who I always thought
Was rotting away in hell,
Was sitting pretty on cloud nine,
Looking incredibly well.

I nudged Jesus, ‘What’s the deal?
I would love to hear Your take.
How’d all these sinners get up here?
God must’ve made a mistake.

“And why’s everyone so quiet,
So somber – give me a clue.”
“Hush, child,’ He said, “they’re all in shock.
No one thought they’d be seeing you.”

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