Father, how could you know me,
I've been gone so long.
How could you recognize the face
Of your long lost son.

Now death has knocked upon my door
And life no more is certain.
I'm so afraid You won't be there
To greet me beyond the curtain.

I look among Your people
Who gather to praise Your name.
I don't feel that I deserve
To be in this holy place.

Your shepherds tell me Your love
Never did depend on me,
That I was bought and paid for
By Christ on Calvary's tree.

My heart is filled with gladness,
Joy, wonder, and glee
To know that all this time
You were living inside of me.

You were there through all my trials
Whispering softly to my soul
To let me know without a doubt
That You see me as whole.

And that You'll be there waiting
When this life I depart
To hold me to Your bosom
And love me with all Your heart.

Thank you, Lord.
Father, I am Your Son
Submitted by Betty Sue Eaton
In an accompanying  letter from Betty Eaton, she states: "I wanted to share this poem written
by Richard a few months before his death from renal cancer in Aug. 1995. He was 44. He
told me that he didn't write it, but one night about 2 a.m. he heard a voice call his name telling
him to get up and write down exactly what was said. He did and this is the poem. I know what
he said was true because he didn't have a rhyming bone in his body!"


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