I Am Jason - I Am Free
This is wonderful! I am free of
my injured body!
Now I can talk and sing;
I can run and play.
I am at peace in my God!
I now fully understand why I was
why I came back from near death,
and why my God sent me back for over a year
in a broken body!
But, of course, I'm not allowed to tell you the details.
But God did permit me to convey
some human thoughts about my situation.
Unfortunately I have to use a human interpreter,
and so you will receive a clouded view
of what I now know so clearly.
I could have died in that tree as
I played with my rope.
It would have been simple and quick.
But God wanted me to do something more,
something great with my life.
He gave me a special gift; to spend
an extra year
with my parents and sisters, close friends and relatives.
To experience my family's great love for me.
And allow me to love them in a very special way.
This brought us all much closer together.
He allowed me to meet and enjoy
hundreds of people
whom I had never known before.
He allowed me to enter their hearts,
and affect them in a way that would be different than anything
that they had ever experienced before.
Because of me hundreds of new friendships
People began to see others in a different light.
A loving and caring light,
that perhaps some had never experienced.
Because of me a whole community,
those of different generations
and experiences, of different religions, and ethnic heritage,
were able to put aside petty differences
and unite together to help an unfortunate brother.
I thank you all for the time,
love and attention that you gave me,
But wasn't that part of God's plan?
Isn't that why he returned me for a year?
Think what you have learned!
Think of how the world will be better as many of you will say:
"We helped Jason Rooker, now who can we help?"
I have completed my work.
In memory of me
will you continue yours?
A patterning volunteer
Charles Fretwell is a New River Newspaper columnist.