In The Hidden Places

"Hidden People"
“Hidden People”

Copyright ©02/01/2003 Elizabeth Ellis
In the hidden places where many care not to cast a glance,
Filthy, sore infested dregs of humankind live by chance,
Some huddling under bridges and dark alleyways until it dawns,
While others sit on park benches or lie on public grounds,
Moving in the daylight to the streets of downtown places,
Hoping for the compassion of even one of many passing faces,
Perhaps, today a dollar or two may come their way,
Or a warm meal or hot shower before the end of day,
Living by chance in the hidden places!

In the hidden places where many care not to cast a glance,
Hungry, frightened children all over the world live by chance,
Many spending their days picking through garbage dumps,
Or working in the many sweatshops for a few bucks,
Yearning for some charity that may come their way,
Surrounded by night terrors and human decay,
Hopeless and smitten by hunger’s knife,
Perhaps, today, in kindness, Fate may take their life,
Living by chance in the hidden places!

In the hidden places where many care not to cast a glance,
Those who have plenty live out the shallow dance,
Of avarice and vanity marked by amorality,
Deadened hearts that cannot feel the misery,
Of those who make up this world’s majority,
Living in spiritual blindness seeking self-gratification,
And the pleasures that can be procured in every nation,
Unaware of the coming judgement in the Book of Revelation,
Living by chance in the hidden places!

In the hidden places where many care not to cast a glance,
The faithful few reach out to those who live by chance,
Feeding the hungry, bringing hope to the hopeless,
Transforming sinful lives that are broken and meaningless,
Yet though the harvest is plentiful, the labourers are few,
So let us examine our hearts and seek to renew,
The heart of a fallen world that is in its death throes,
That needs Christ’s love through our actions to heal its woes,
Living by faith in the hidden places!

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