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You Shook My Hand; Called Me Friend
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By James Pemberton
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You Shook My Hand And Called Me “Friend…”


You shook my hand and called me “friend.”

But then told me “never come over again.”


You said that you loved me and was glad I came.

But apparently things now

are not the same.


I saw you at church and at the morning class.

Apparently you keep thinking about the past…


I’m not sure if it was something I said or did.

But right now, you seem unwilling to forgive.


Why do so many claim to have God’s

love and “profess it.”

In the way they treat others,

they seldom “confess it.”


It seems like the more others find out about me.

They’re quick to run and simply leave me!


I wish that someone would listen to what I have to say.

And just take some time with me and pray!


I too have sinned and my faults are so many.

Is there anyone who’ll listen?  Are there any?


I ask you Jesus to help me…  I now you can do it!

The problems I have….  Will you see me through it?


I extend my hand to you!  My savior and friend!

I know that you’re someone I can truly depend!


Thank you for not leaving me like others did!

You’ve brought me hope

and a reason to live!


By Jim Pemberton    (c) 2012

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Submitted: Monday, April 16, 2012

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 17, 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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