Listening to this song, I think of my friend who has also been my family doctor for many years. He is the most compassionate and wise person I have ever met.
He was my friend before he was my doctor.
He is still my friend before my doctor.
When I was in the process of leaving the ex, my friend was there for me when everyone else in the church fellowship turned against me. Even my friend’s wife, who I had thought was my friend, turned on me.
He prayed for me. He heard my cries. He wished me happiness. He told me he loved me. Oh, not in an inappropriate way – just the love of a brother in Christ, as it ought to be.
As he stitched up my face a few months ago, my doctor friend asked me if I’d like to study the book of Job with him sometime. We never did get around to it, both of us having such busy lives, but maybe we will someday.
If you ever read this, my dear friend and brother in Christ, this song is for you, because I know you like it.
Tempted and tried, we’re oft made to wonder
Why it should be thus all day long
While there are others living about us
Never molested though in the wrong
When death has come and taken our loved ones
It leaves our home so lonely and drear
Then do we wonder why others prosper
Living so wicked year after year
Farther along we’ll know all about it
Farther along we’ll understand why
Cheer up my brother, live in the sunshine
We’ll understand it all, by and by
Faithful ’til death, said our loving Master
A few more days to labor and wait
Toils of the road will then seem as nothing
As we sweep through the beautiful gates