Hospice Patients Alliance: Patient Advocates

Lift a Spoon

by Ron Panzer

April 21, 2014

You ask, with tears and tears
  flowing down your face,
  "What do I do now?"

Lift a spoon,
  and you will have done more
  than the complaining millions!

Lift a spoon to feed one who cannot,
  and you will have learned more
  than a lifetime in study!

Share your life,
  and you will have been a blessing
  to those so desperately in need.

Give of your time
  and you will have honored
  what most only preach.

You have been given
  books enough —
  enough to cover all the Earth.

Now, eat the heavenly food!
  Live a real life
  rather than studying recipes forever!

Words of life --
  must take root within,
  and we must give of our very selves.

Give and keep on giving,
  until we bleed,
  knowing a life with true meaning.

Then we will have honored Him,
  then we will have done
  as He would have done.

Yet you refuse to accept
  the simple answer!
  You don't wish to believe!

You prefer the way
  of strife in empty courts
  and pleas to cold-hearted kings.

You don't wish to take.
  You don't wish to eat.
  You don't wish to serve those not "your own."

You didn't see and didn't know.
  they were never "yours."
  they were always only His!

You spent a lifetime
  doing everything you could
  not to lift this spoon.

You still spend a lifetime
  looking at every other thing
  and every other path.

You are afraid to look
  and see yourself
  in the other's eyes.

You are forever hungry.
  forever unfulfilled,
  forever lost.

But only feed another
  and you feed yourself.

Lift another
  and you lift yourself.

Love another
  and you know love.

Lift a spoon,
  and you have changed the world!

Dare to look
  in yet another
  lonely one's eyes.

Open the door to paradise!
  Know you are not alone.
  Know He is forever at your side.

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