"Well, hello! It's good to see you. My! You sure are looking great!
I have just a sec to sit and gab, I'm really running late.
I got caught-up in the traffic, now my schedule's way behind,
But I have some prayer requests I'd like to share, if you don't mind.
"You know Sally's husband, Walter? How that no-good loves to drink!
She'd be better off if she just up and left him, don't you think?
And poor Mabel with those six kids ~ dear, it simply seems to me,
When they take her off that Valium she'll go crazy, wait and see!
"Do you know 'bout Suzy Jones yet? I just heard, myself, today,
Her loose-living days are over, seems she's in the family way!
Oh, and I hear Preacher Brown was at the widow's late last night,
Can't he comfort her in daylight? I just don't think it looks right!
"Well, it sure was good to see you,
But I've really got to fly!
Give my love to everybody,
Catch you later on, bye-bye!"
Then my friend left in a flurry and my ears were burning red,
Still embarassed by her bluntness, still in shock from what she'd said.
And I heard the Lord speak to me, "My child, do not be unwise ~
Just be certain that your prayer requests aren't gossip in disguise!"
"Thou shalt not go up and down
as a talebearer among thy people..."
(Leviticus 19:16 KJV)
[ by: Connie Hinnen Cook (firstname.lastname@example.org) -- from Connie Hinnen Cook ]
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