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Topic: Prosperity (05/11/06)
TITLE: Face to Face Apart
By George Parler
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I watch him from my portal to the world, an office window overlooking the street below. There he is like every other day. Playing an old beat up guitar which looked as ragged as the clothes he wore. His hat, with the obvious sweat ring, laid face up on the sidewalk beside him, sprinkled with the loose change from the people passing by. As he sang, his face beamed with a smile. His countenance shined with a glow in spite of some of his missing teeth and wrinkled, tan face. But what does he have to smile about? He has nothing.
I feel sorry for him. He probably never had a good paying job or a nice house with a new car in the garage. More than likely, he never had enough money to even have a checking account. And I’ll bet he’s never even had a vacation in his life. I wonder if his family has disowned him for being the like he is? He would be blown away if he had my life. Along with a beautiful wife, a career with a large corporation, money in the bank and a great retirement plan. I don’t think he has a clue as to what he has missed out on in life. Lord, I’m just glad I have my life and not his.
From the sidewalk:
I see him every day that I play on this sidewalk, looking down from his office with a cup of coffee in his hand. His white shirt and tie are always pressed real nice and clean. I wonder what’s going on in his life because I never see him smile. I wonder if it’s because he works so late that he’s not home much with his wife or kids. I don’t know what it is, but he sure seems sad. If he would come outside sometime I would sing him a song about the goodness of the Lord. That would surely cheer him up, it sure works for me. I am so glad that all of my needs are provided for. I know I don’t have all my desires but I don’t have the frustrations he seems to have, judging by the darkness under his eyes.
I actually feel sad for him. He probably hasn’t been home in time for super in a long time. I’ll bet he doesn’t sleep well either. Not to mention how some folks try to keep up with the Jones’s. Which means it takes more money, which usually means working longer hours or being in debt up to your eyeballs in credit payments. What a rat race. I’ll bet he has never just walked in the park and enjoyed God’s creations because he's so busy chasing material things. I don’t think he has a clue as to what he has missed out on in life. Lord, I’m just glad I have my life and not his.
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