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The Gaze
by Barbara Thompson Young
03/31/09
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I stood alone in my ivory tower
all by myself, hour-to-hour,
looking down on those who passed by,
while reaching higher to the sky.

There walked the sad, and lonely, too
I longed for something more to do
to help their lives seem not in vain
While gazing through my window pane.


This poem was given to me in 1988 at a time when God was reconstructing my life. It was a painful time to discover that while I had a 'heart desire' to help others, I ministered to them from a distance. I learned that in order to be effective in ministry, I needed to open the window to my soul and reveal the real me, by sharing some of the storms I had survived in life. Growth is very painful, but we must be willing to take a risk, come out of our "Ivory Towers" and minister His love at close range...not from a distance.



Barbara Thompson-Young

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Daniel Owino Ogweno 06 Apr 2009
I agree with you in this. It is when we move closer to people that we will be able to 'touch' them. And by touching them, we will not only give 'the help', we would also 'share' our life with them. God bless for making this clear.
Jounda LaMance 31 Mar 2009
Ahh my dear friend, such a beautiful message! Good to hear from you! In Christ Jounda
Sunny Loomis  31 Mar 2009
Good insight. Thank you.
Judy Wilson 31 Mar 2009
Really enjoyed this, great piece.




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