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Listener's Creed:Stephen Ministry
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By Dale Jordan Heath
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Listener's Creed: Stephen Ministry


I believe I am here
a sister, a brother, friend
by the grace of God
to lend a hand,
my shoulder, and ear~
to impart the love
extended to me from
the Father,
to be near those who grieve
and ease their pain
with prayer,
to be quick to listen,
slow to speak,
but to speak the truth
in love,
to affirm and assure
the low in spirit
with words from God.
I believe I should empathize
not critcize or judge~
keeping my eyes open
to realize~
there but for the grace
of God go I.

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Submitted: Monday, May 5, 2003

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 5, 2010

About the Poet
I am a Christan mother, grandmother, wife, aspiring poet, and owner of a bed and breakfast with my husband of 37 years. I love to create an ambience of serenity in my home. I love soft music, the sounds of the birds in my yard, the whir of the ceiling fans,... Time has passed since the first time I wrote my Poet Bio...it has been three years now....in that time my life has changed drastically. We lost our beloved youngest child, our only son, to suicide. It has been devastating...shaking my faith to its core but not destroying it. I have not been inspired to write for quite some time now. I pray that I will be able to emerge from this pain and write with a new passion about my journey. Until that time I ask for prayers and that God will continue to speak to me and give me the peace that passes all understanding.

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