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A Lesson in Christian Magic

Posted by Sharon Krause on May 15, 2023 6:00:00 AM


A Lesson in Christian Magic


I said to the teacher, “I’m aware of Christ’s command

that we love one another, that we lend a helping hand;

but I’m not sure I’m ready; I might need some more knowledge

before I feel qualified to help someone who’s challenged.

Perhaps if I wait just a little while longer,

someone else will take over—-someone who is stronger.

I might give bad advice to one on tragedy’s brink;

if I row someone’s boat, we could both start to sink!

I could lose all control if I take such a chance

as my brother’s keeper—-so much hangs in the balance!

My time is so precious. I’m involved in my labors.

Who’s got time to hold hands with my God-fathered neighbors?

Maybe I’m too old—-or not quite old enough.

Of what good are my hands when the going gets rough?


The teacher’s eyes fairly gleamed as he made his reply:

“When you help in Christ’s name, the hand is quicker than the I!”




Photograph by Jackson David on Unsplash.

Sharon Krause is a RENEW volunteer whose writing has appeared in several resources for small-group faith sharing. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother residing in Royal Palm Beach, Florida. Over the years, she has served in many parish ministries.


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