Jim Checkin' In

A minister passing through his church
in the middle of the day,
Decided to pause by the altar
and see who had come to pray.

Just then the back door opened,
a man came down the aisle,
The minister frowned as he saw
the man hadn't shaved in awhile.

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 noon time came this chap,
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 OTHER'S FRIENDSHIP
AND YOU TOOK AWAY MY SIN.
DON'T KNOW MUCH HOW TO PRAY,
BUT I THINK ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY
SO, JESUS THIS IS JIM CHECKING IN TODAY."

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

"Time to go", Jim smiled said
"Thanks" He hurried to the door.
The minister knelt at the alter,
he'd never done that before.

His cold heart melted, warmed with love
and met with Jesus there.
as the tears flowed in his heart
he repeated old Jim's prayer:

"I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, LORD
HOW HAPPY I'VE BEEN,
SINCE WE FOUND EACH OTHER'S 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 Jim hadn't come.
As more days passed without Jim,
he began to worry some.

At the factory, he asked about him,
learning he was ill.

The hospital staff was worried,
but he'd given them a thrill.

The week that Jim was with them,
brought changes in the ward.
His smiles, a joy contagious
Changed people were his reward.

The head nurse couldn't understand
why Jim was so glad,
when no flowers, calls or cards came,
not a visitor he had.

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 Jim spoke up
and with a winsome smile,
"the nurse is wrong, she couldn't know,
that in here all the while
everyday at noon He's here,
a dear friend of mine, you see,
He sits right down, take my hand,
leans over and says to me:

"I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, JIM
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 JIM, THIS IS JESUS
CHECKING IN TODAY."

Music:  Amazing Grace

"Jim Checkin In' is a song written by
~Sonny Salsbury~