If I knock on your door,
a total stranger,
and when you see my old-lady face,
will you offer me a cool drink
and a simple slice of bread?
will you cringe in darkness,
terrified of what my visit
might mean to the safety of your family?
If, when going down a steep flight of stairs,
I trip before you and
tumble over and over until
I am a jumbled heap of bones,
will you stop and offer care
like the Good Samaritan?
will you step over me as if I
do not exist and
continue your journey to the
Neverland of your office?
If I appear before you as a tiny child
with huge eyes, tears streaking my cheeks,
hands openly imploring,
will you turn away without first
digging in your pocket for that
handful of change that constantly rests
in the folds of the fabric?
will you bend down on one knee,
look me in the eye and ask
what you can do to offer relief?
If I am ill and dying, a frail old woman
with nothing to offer but my stories,
will you stay a while and listen
without checking your watch every few minutes,
wondering when the ol’ windbag will
cease to breathe?
will you come every day to be by my side,
offering consolation and comfort
until my dying day?
If God appeared attired in majestic robes
and called your name,
would you leap up with exultation
and shout, “Here I am, Lord.”
would you run away in fear,
hiding your face from God’s tender eyes,
knowing all the sins you harbor inside
for ignoring your fellows when
they needed you most?
Now is the time for action.
Now is the time to open your eyes
and truly see what wondrous
opportunities God has given us
to help one another reach the golden path,
arm in arm,
step by step,
as we strive toward the heavens,
to live forever basking
in the glory of God.
If I call your name,
Will you answer?