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From Old Age To Spirit New
A Tribute To A Friend Named Jimmy
This is a tribute to a dear friend of mine who has passed away. He was a soldier in the army, a family man, a business man, a preacher, and an outspoken man in his social circles. I first knew him as a preacher, and then I befriended him when I visited him in his later years. My compassion for his medical needs were taken as a mode of companionship which he was so desperate for. The marked changes in his mind, influenced by illness, affected his behaviors so that he only knew that he wanted not to be alone. I never got a real chance to bid him farewell before he passed away. But with prayer at his funeral, I was able to forgive him for his shortcomings. I know he didn't understand the changes in himself and why his aging mind frame had made him reject the kindness shown to him in the end.
He died alone in his own apartment and no one ever knew how he was feeling before they found him lying on the floor in the bathroom covered with emesis too horrible to show me. I can only know why I miss him.
From Old age to Spirit new
Many years went by.
A visit presented me with this old man.
As numerous as his pictures hung on the wall,
God only had the knowing
how many hairs were on
I could see the
Spirit made him feel young.
But his mind became a battle field.
Always ready to receive wisdom,
but subject to senility.
It was as if his mind
had no arms or legs to get away
or physically fight back,
when anxiety came his way.
In those earlier days,
Jimmy's heart and mind
were set on Jesus.
Before his hair turned gray
and his body broke down,
this man would preach
that the temple for
Jesus' Spirit lay within us.
But now his body is dust.
His life has faded into the past.
I can only pray that this man's
Spirit will be renewed.
And this memory
of his human image
will fade when
copyright @2010 CMCastro
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