I Remember You
Merton, I remember you. I am deeply
saddened by the news of your passing. I pray God looks with favor on your
soul. You lived in ways I find objectionable. You likely committed the
gravest of sins. Having said this, I know more about your childhood than
any living person other than you. What I know about your childhood is
pretty grim. I will not relate what I know because what I know is not fit
to print. People took advantage of you. You were helpless and they took
advantage of you. I know about your dark boyhood life because I was in
your home many times.
You were a creative talent, even at the age
of 5 or 6. You lived down the street from me. We saw each other many times
during the week. You were in my class at school. The darkness put upon you
carried over into your adult life. I am guessing you probably had no
introduction to the gospel of Christ like I had in my life. If I could
change your life as a little boy I would do so. Of course, I can't change
anyone's life in the past.
A little while ago I prayed for God to
touch your soul, wherever your soul might be at the moment. I would give
you another chance, Merton. I would give you more wisdom and knowledge
about the purity of God. I would give you more wisdom and knowledge about
how He wants all of us to live a righteous life. I would give you parents
who loved the Lord and who told you about Christ. Maybe you had more of
chance than I had to accept Christ but I don't think so. I doubt you knew
much of anything about Him.
I hope there were people around you who
were kind, caring, and compassionate during your adulthood. You were a
good kid. You were a good friend. I remember you would put these little
papers up on the trees in your yard advertising free movies or free puppet
shows. The "show" was a few minutes of old silent comedy films
shown on your little movie projector. I remember you liked to put on
puppet shows. I also remember I was the only one to ever come to see any
I remember the little cartoon character you
invented. You were very talented when it came to drawing and graphic arts.
I remember you used to like "Ramar of the Jungle" on early black
and white TV.
Merton, I would like you to know, in
whatever way God can communicate to you, I accept you as a person.
Although I reject your lifestyle, your preferences, and your choices, I
accept the core of who you are. I know your core, Merton, even if you grew
up and showed a different core or persona to others around you as an
No matter how you lived your adult life, I
would have been with you in your final days and hours if I had been given
Maybe the Lord will set up a meeting
between us in the future in some other place and time. God can do those
kinds of things. If we meet again, as much as you can understand, as much
as I can express, I will try to explain the saving love of Christ so you
have a better chance at eternity.
Precious Lord, you are righteous in all
your judgments. I beseech you to take into account Merton's dark
beginnings as a child. I beseech you to take into account the abuse and
dysfunction put upon Merton without his consent. As much you can, Lord,
give Merton a better chance. In Christ's Love And Grace, Merton's friend
from long ago.
message was derived from true facts know by the pastor. The message
appeared in April, 2010, in the Virtual Church
web site at http://www.findthepower.com