Here’s the poem by Frank Simmonds that his widow, Rita, read on-air today. It comes from her book, Convicted by Mercy: The Journey of Frank Simmonds from the Streets to Sanctity
I pray for a good future. God, please overlook my past.
Forgive my sins so I can find happiness at last.
I am a lost sheep. Please lead me back to the herd.
Help me change my life, Lord; just bless me with Your Word.
I’m paying for my mistakes. Please, help me ease the pains.
Release me from the anxiety of my spirit being in chains.
I love you so much, God. Your Son dealt with pain and strife.
I’m thankful that Jesus, for our sins, had given up His life.
You’re so understanding, so willing to forgive.
Please cleanse my mind and body, so my spirit can live.
Reality has set in; I know I’ve done wrong.
My heart is filled with sorrow;
It’s for Your forgiveness that I long.
I feel I’m unworthy to ask You for this blessing.
You know it took me very long to have to learn my lesson.
But I will not give up to Satan the life You’ve given me.
Please send the Holy Spirit as my guide, until I come to Thee.