If Jesus came to your house
Some years ago a dear friend of mine David Garratt and others
who were connected with the Open Air Campaigners, put together an item where we
would sing the beautiful old hymn, Shall We Gather At the River, while
David quoted the words of this lovely poem that somebody passed on to us.
The words are so powerful that we feel to include it in this
issue of the Omega Times newspaper.
If Jesus Came To Your House
If Jesus Came to your house to spend a day or two,
If he came unexpectedly, I wonder what you would do.
Oh, I know you'd give your nicest room to such an honoured guest
And all the food you'd serve Him, would be the very best.
And you would keep assuring Him you're glad to have him there -–
That serving Him in your own home is joy beyond compare.
But -– when you saw Him coming, would you meet Him at the
With arms outstretched in welcome to your heavenly visitor?
Or would you have to change your clothes before you let Him in?
Or hide some magazines and place a Bible where they had been?
Would you turn off the radio and hope He hadn't heard?
And wish you hadn't uttered that last, loud, hasty word?
Would you hide your worldly music and put some hymnbooks out?
Could you let Jesus walk right in, or would you rush about?
And I wonder -– if the Saviour spent a day or two with you,
Would you go right on doing the things you always do?
Would you go right on saying the things you always say?
Would life for you continue as it does from day to day?
Would your family conversation keep up its usual pace?
And would you find it hard at each meal to say a table grace?
Would you sing the songs you always sing and read the books you read?
And let Him know the things on which your mind and spirit feed?
Would you take Jesus with you everywhere you had planned to go?
Or would you, maybe, change your plans for just a day or so?
Would you be glad to have him meet your very closest friends?
Or would you hope they'd stay away until His visit ends?
Would you be glad to have Him stay forever on and on?
Or would you sigh with great relief when at last He was gone?
It might be interesting to know the things that you would do.
If Jesus Christ in person came to spend some time with you.