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Uncle Joe's Prayers

Every day he prays
But Saturday is special to him. 
The week is done and the pressures
Of work are over--for a while.
It is time for the real work
Of his life to be performed.
Two hours in the morning
And two in the afternoon,
Though time is irrelevant
Uncle Joe can't tell time.
He just prays until needs are expressed
And his soul is filled.
And Oh! How his soul is filled!
Because, you see, he prays
With perfect confidence
(Some say the faith of a child)
That God listens and answers his prayers.

He prays for his family
Because he loves them enough
To care about their lives
Even when they do not.
When others are unkind and short-tempered
With his slowness
He prays for them to be blessed
With patience.
He prays for the church;
That there will be a great revival
And the people will turn back to God
And live in harmony. 

He promises everyone he he meets
"I will pray for you." and he does
Every day, with a double dose on Saturday.

So be aware that
When you meet Uncle Joe
Your life is going to change.
And when things start looking up
Remember that someone is praying for you.
And that someone, due to faith
And an uncluttered heart
Has a direct line to God.

Copyright © E.J. Smith

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  1. Date: 9/5/2013 6:36:00 PM
    Correct my grammar? I don't remember asking for that.

  1. Date: 9/3/2013 11:43:00 PM
    wow, what a faithful man. And this is the same Joe from before, I take it. right? I saw your essay at the link you gave me. I am very tired and need to respond to comments and hurry to bed. Between Soup and work, I don't have time for many things, but i hope to at least correct your grammar in that piece when I get some time. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 3/31/2012 5:55:00 AM
    Thank you Darryl.

  1. Date: 3/31/2012 2:21:00 AM
    I rather enjoyed this...nice write :-)