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The Preacher and the boy........

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Balladeer
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0 posted 08-31-99 10:15 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

The preacher watched the little boy as he walked through the church,
Looked under all the rows of pews as though he were in search
Of something he had dropped, perhaps, now lying on the floor...
But then he checked the altar and he looked behind the door.

The boy then checked the bathrooms and he searched the nursery
And, as he watched, the preacher smiled with curiosity
Till finally he approached the lad and said, "Excuse me, son.
Did you lose something here or are you just out having fun?"

"My momma said that God lives here", the boy said with a frown.
"But I've been looking everywhere. He must not be around."
The preacher smiled at that small child and said, "No, that's not true.
Our God is here, you precious lad. He's there inside of you."

"Inside of me!?", the boy exclaimed. "Well, would you not get mad
If I just take him home with me to meet my mom and dad?"
"Not mad at all", the preacher said. "There really is no call.
You see, my son, the fact is that our God is in us all."

"No way!", the boy cried. "Don't tell me he's in that bully Spike
Who punches me in school all day and stole my brother's bike!
Or what about the counselors who scream at me in school,
Or grandma when she comes around and treats me mean and cruel?"

"Them, too", the preacher said, "and you can take it for a fact
That God's in everyone you see, no matter how they act.
It may be hard believing when you see the things some do
But, though the devil's present, know that God is in there, too."

"Then I guess I should love all men", the little boy replied.
"Ain't right to hate nobody, knowin' they've got God inside.
I'll try to live my life the best I can to show I care
For everyone, no matter what, 'cause I know God's in there."

The boy then turned away and, in the middle of his walk,
He called back to the preacher,"Hey! I'm glad we had this talk!"
"I'm glad we had it, too." he smiled back to the little child
And, somewhere high above them both, the Lord looked down and smiled.



[This message has been edited by Balladeer (edited 08-31-99).]
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Skyfyre
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1 posted 08-31-99 10:40 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

What a sweet story ...

The last line is a real warm fuzzy ... I can almost feel His smile. Well done.

Nocht

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"Nunc lento sonitu dicunt, morierus"
(Now as I hear this bell tolling softly for another, it says to me, "Thou must die.")


Lucie
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2 posted 08-31-99 10:53 PM       View Profile for Lucie   Email Lucie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lucie

I really liked this one 'Deer... gonna print it and show my little rugrats. Very nice flow.
WhtDove
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3 posted 08-31-99 11:00 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Balladeer you do the Master proud! Never quite thought of it that way! Not hating someone cause God is inside everyone! Well done!!!
If I might share this here, I had a URL sent to me. If you go and read the instructions under the picture you can see the face of Jesus. I thought it was quite Awesome!
http://www.trinityumc.net/youth/cool.htm
Seymour Tabin
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4 posted 08-31-99 11:01 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
Is God inside the bugs too?
Wonderful poem. Just having fun/
Balladeer
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5 posted 08-31-99 11:05 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Absolutely not, Sy! Them bugs is the devil's work. Let us spray!!!


Thank you all for the comments.

I've seen that, WhtDve. It's great!
Lost Dreamer
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6 posted 08-31-99 11:59 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

This was excellent
Sunshine
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7 posted 09-01-99 10:11 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I have a friend, and her husband's a minister...and I know this will make him happy. Thanks!
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8 posted 09-01-99 10:18 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Wonderful, Balladeer! Your poetry always makes me either smile or cry...this one made me do both!
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9 posted 09-01-99 10:20 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Balladeer...I hate you..but you're awesome sometimes yanno?...LOL
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10 posted 09-01-99 10:40 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Absolutely excellent... (but I'm sure glad hating bugs is acceptable! *G*)
 
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