Wednesday, November 22, 2017


 SHEILA’S SHARING SHEET        TO YOU, FROM ME, BECAUSE HE IS SOMEONE!             11-21-17        
Hello dear readers… Today, I am deviating from the WE ARE series to present a much older poem along with a succinct summary of how the LORD brought me to Himself as a teen.                           I AM SO TRULY GRATEFUL THIS THANKSGIVING FOR ALL HE IS AND ALL HE DOES THAT I JUST HAVE TO SHARE HIM WITH YOU ALL AS MY ‘SOMEONE!’ This poem came about when I was informed I needed to include an original poem in the anthology about FRIENDSHIP which I’d assembled for my 9th grade English class.. I wanted, and deserved an ‘A’ on it already due to the quality of my work, but ‘at the last minute’ the teacher, Mrs. Jenkins, (Yes, I DO STILL remember her name...) added this additional requirement. I grimaced… (THAT JUST WAS NOT FAIR!)
So, I was faced with needing to write about FRIENDSHIP, in a poetic format no less!! After speaking to the only ‘friend,’ I had (as opposed to simply an acquaintance from being in the school band, Senior Girl Scouts, Lutheran youth group and confirmation peers, or other realms of ‘belonging’), I asked myself just what Toni could be to me if she were a truer friend… {The Lord already knew I was yearning for genuine relationships! (She and I played the guitar and sang together as well as attended the same Lutheran church and also had YMCA summer camp in common so she was a bit more than simply an acquaintance then.)} Read what HE delivered to/through me before I even knew HIM! (or the JOY of  fellowship with others who are truly HIS!)
SOMEONE by Sheila HOLMES 1967                                                                                                                                               A friend is someone who can see just what a friend can truly be:                                                                             Someone to whom you can speak whenever you feel spiritually weak                                                                 Someone who loves you ‘in your real,’ ..who knows how you really do feel;                                                             Someone who cares about you in all you do.                                                                                                                     This is my friend. Could it be you?
The LORD knew of my hungry soul which was screaming for significance and genuine depth of life.. He’d heard me leading and singing, ‘LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH AND LET IT BEGIN WITH ME,’ while wondering how that could ever happen since                                        I had no true peace myself! He’d also heard me sing of how ‘the answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind,’ and also how ‘No man is an island, no man stands alone.. Each man’s joy is joy to me.. each man’s grief is my own. We need one another, so I will defend each man as my brother, each man as my friend!’ going on to say, ‘I saw the people gather. I heard the music start. The song that they were singing is ringing in my heart!’                                                 (I wanted to KNOW that song and why they were singing it!!!)
Finally, our LORD and SAVIOR, knew of the poem I’d read that year in a booklet supposedly written by the youth of the late 1960’s, called THE WELL. Its final line was so profound saying simply, And help me, O Lord, to admit how thirsty I really am!    
FAST FORWARD to current day to find me leading the beloved children’s? song,                  JESUS LOVES ME which touches ALL AGES remarkably as we declare the security of knowing             HE DOES LOVE US! The 3rd verse is a prayer that has affected dear ones these past 11 years as            I (we) sing it! Consider these lyrics within yourself…                                                                                              JESUS, TAKE THIS HEART OF MINE…MAKE IT PURE AND WHOLLY THINE…THOU HAST BLED AN DIED FOR ME…I WILL HENCEFORTH LIVE FOR THEE!

I sit here this morning in deep gratitude for His wondrous, sacrificial, merciful, gracious, and humbling presence in my life for over 49 years.  This true reality has more than met the desires for that SOMEONE, who, of course is our LORD, but also those He indwells as they cross paths with us! May we each be HIS ‘One’ to others today as we THRIVE, not merely SURVIVE!                 GOD BLESS US EVERYONE!!  HE KEEPS US SINGING! LOVE you lots! Sheila