When prevented from doing the things I had done

By cancer and illness and pain

The work lay unfinished; the race was not run

This loss was so hard to explain


Why would my God, just resort to this plan

What good could be found in it all

But He brought a strength to the weakness of man

With His power I answered The Call


God said there are many at home and abroad

Who are hurting and sad and alone

Join up with My Special Encouragement Squad

And bring Joy to the email and phone


Reach out and be cheerful, bring hope to despair

Be amazed when My miracles start

For you are My servant with something to share

So share it with all of your heart


I responded quite quickly, Dear Lord I will share

Every truth and each promise Youíve made

For this is my mission and this I declare

Iíll be faithful and not be afraid


So today, Iíve no pulpit, no deacons, no choir

No buildings or songs on a screen

Just a heart thatís on fire and a fervent desire

To share Him who can love and redeem


A Pastor is someone who cares for the flock

A Shepherd, a teacher, a friend

Whoís open and loving and willing to talk

A servant on whom you depend


God called me to be His servant at large

A Pastor by phone and online

His grace is a favor, thereís never a charge

He fills me with sparkle and shine


Encouragement works when we spread it around

Pass on what is given to you

For love and compassion and blessings abound

When eternityís clearly in view


Each day is a gift from our Father above

We need to look up when He calls

For we are His children who live in His love

In A Church Where There Arenít Any Walls


©  Jim Lake



Romans 15:5, 1Thessalonians 5:11

"Now may the God who gives perseverance

and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind

with one another according to Christ Jesus; that with

one accord you may with one voice glorify the God

and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another,

just as you also are doing."