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The Shepherd's Heart: Fifteen

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I have recently been thinking about how many times we -- as human beings and as Christians -- walk past opportunities to do something good for someone. It's probably not a great exaggeration to say that we all have opportunities every day to do good; to offer a hand to someone in need; to show someone the way out of a seemingly devastating circumstance.

Sometimes it's an "Oh My" moment -- when the Spirit is trying hard to get our attention. At other times, we might just get a little tap on the shoulder.

The following came from one of those times that grabbed me and didn't let go.

I am glad to report that the young lady depicted in this "song" had the courage to move forward with her life and eventually found spiritual and emotional healing with the help of good people who reached out to her with the love of Christ. Sadly, many like her slip through the cracks, so to speak, and struggle throughout their lives because of the rejection they felt during their time of need.

We need to realize that we can make a difference in the lives of those we come in contact with. We just have to choose to do so.

She's fifteen and sitting down by the schoolyard --
Waiting for someone to be her friend.
Thinkin' 'bout how often she's done this before --
And wondering just how long until it all will end.

Everybody will be going out this weekend --
She'll be sitting at home -- by the telephone.
Waiting for a call that never comes in.
When will they forgive her for what she's done?

The parking lot is full down at the health club --
Pretty people dancing to aerobicize.
She sits alone and stares at the radio --
And in the other room her baby cries.

When will the love flow down in her direction?
How can He reach her now if we don't care?
When will she matter to someone in her life?
How much of yourself are you willing to share?

She's fifteen and sitting down by the schoolyard --
Aching for someone to be her friend.
Thinkin' 'bout how often she's done this before --
And wondering just how long until it all will end.

The parking lot is full down at the church club --
Jesus people blinded by religious pride.
She sits alone and stares at the radio --
And in the other room her baby cries.

BOB G. STEWART, Columnist
The Shepherd's Heart