105. He Wrote Just as He Lived
Earlier this year, I read the 169th chapter of a very tenderhearted "end of the world as we know it" [TEOTWAWKI] story about a elderly widower who takes in two young girls--sole survivors of just one of innumerable families who perished in a global pandemic. The story, "Accidental Family" was started more than two years ago by "papaof2" and can be found at:
Despite innumerable challenges, including grievous illnesses, computer problems, house repairs, life-threatening surgeries and more, the author persevered in presenting an enormously heart warming tale which might appeal to anyone. I recommend it unreservedly.
Having felt a powerful incentive to attempt to thank this writer for his gift to the public. Praying for guidance, I recorded the following:
He Wrote Just as He Lived
I lift my head above the page,
To find my eyes are filled,
With tears of joy and faith renewed,
My hopes and needs fulfilled.
The selfish girl or venal man
Will never know my thrill.
For only those with loving hearts,
Will see in you God’s will.
Our world is filled with fears and doubts
And agitated hearts.
The earth and all its seas declare
From God we’ve grown apart.
That source from whence all blessings flow
Now bows His head in shame.
At just how 'oft vast multitudes
Both curse and mock His name.
And, yet, within the gloom and sin,
Your vision never strayed.
Of a “patchwork” family choice and kind,
From a small “remainder” made.
Forgive, we pray, our selfishness,
(We beg, “a little more”.)
Forgetting all the sufferings,
Which brought you to death’s door.
The time yet comes, be it near or far,
When you must rest your pen,
And wait for Heaven’s renewal,
Before you write again.
Then, angels of the just and kind,
Your praise and honor shall give.
As they declare to God and man,
“He wrote just as he lived.”
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Media may entertain, inform, educate, or motivate. it may also degrade, condemn, defile, or depress. What I learned was that papaof2 produced a heartwarming and virtuous story because he himself was honorable, loving, and selfless. See, Luke 6:43-45:
"For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh."
May it be so with all of us--bringing forth good fruit for the Father and the Son.