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I Have Time For Church But Not
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By James Pemberton
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              I Have Time For Church…  But Not For You!


I’m so busy with church…  I don’t have much time…

But God forgives me….  Is this a crime?


I go each Sunday, and do “the church thing.”

I’m just too busy, to really do anything!


I’m there on time.  I try not to be late.

I even give my ten percent

 into the offering plate!


I bring my Bible, and wear a suit and tie.

I sing the worship songs, shout and cry.


Do you need any help or prayer?

Please wait in line….

I’m busy right now!  And don’t have the time!


I’ll direct you to the pastor to make

 an appointment…

Perhaps he’ll pray and give

you an anointment!


This is what I offer! And the best I can do!.

I just don’t have the time for people like you!


Maybe I’ll see you again.  Maybe I won’t…

But giving my time for others?  I simply don’t…


I’m trying to look good for my

 “Sunday appearance.”

Anything less, would be a “new experience.”


I hope you’ll forgive me for saying “excuse me.”

Maybe I’ll find another time

 for you to be with me….



By Jim Pemberton    (c) 2012

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Submitted: Sunday, November 4, 2012

Last Updated: Monday, November 5, 2012

About the Poet
I and my wife have 4 grown children and currently live in the Pacific Northwest. I've spent much of my life doing volunteer work in the food distribution for the needy among local churches. Many of the poems I've written are a reflection of times of adversity as a reminder of God's love and faithfulness. I've found many opportunities to share my poems with those who are hurting and discouraged. I'm thankful for the reports of many of the poems touching people's lives. I hope that the poems included on Wordchimes will touch and bless your life too!

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