MY INDIA PART 1

Retrospectively reliving my past.

Already done many words

Helping I trust not hindering,

Whole milk and not the curds.

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Through it all I see India past

Up until ten my age.

Two boarding schools, Darjeeling the first,

East near the Himalayas.

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I remember well the British train,

Narrow gage, quite small.

Engine slanted for traveling upgrade.

Barely noticed at all!

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Top of the mountain, like 12,000 feet,

Engine, like, switched for downhill grade.

About 2,000 feet down and then

Darjeeling School had it made!

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Two school years, both nine months long.

Clear west!  It was Woodstock when

3-years there, like, Boarding School, too.

Woodstock it was named then.

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1926 through 1929 sort of hard to distill.

Sunday we climbed up a zig-zag trail

Leaving school chores of pounds, shillings and pence.

Up, up to a church on the hill.

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Remembered well the hymn sung, ‘Holy, Holy,’

Appropriate with sight bestowed.

Straight down could not see valley for clouds

Then up see eternal snows.

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From East to West nothing else to see.

Sight to dazzle the highest

Amazing mountains nearing 30,000 feet,

And, of course, there is Everest.

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Appearing still higher is Kanchenjunga but

Just a couple of hundred feet less.

Closer to the sight, so the appearance,

A bit lower we must confess!

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Annapurna a running close third,

They are the trinity of height.

Three highest mountains in this tired old world,

One truly dazzling sight!

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Did God do all this?  Oh yes, and way more!

“Heavens shout His glory!”

Shatter the Heavens!  Proving His greatness!

This is not the end of this story!

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Sam Cox 09.28.10

ANSWERS

Give a thought please, He does when I need,

He is the master poet!  I just follow His lead!

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Hemmingway, London, a few others I know

Come to the forefront then there is Whittier to show.

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Sure, thoughts contrive to come with meaning

But the meaning is weak only just seeming—

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To contain a miniscule of clear thought

But the thought is not there and I have lost a lot.

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In backward, turn backward, oh time in thy flight,

Make me a child again just for one tonight.

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Retrogression deliberate loss I see

With no growing continuity!

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Childlike and childish big difference I see

Our faith must be childlike not childishly.

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Seeing fairies and gnomes with money on a tree

Fooling the self deliberately.

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But living by faith in Jesus alone

Is positive, sins to atone.

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For sin is real and not a mistake

“Thou shalt not kill, steal or envy…” a break—

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Away from a pattern of doing

Wrong!  Guilty the pair in the ‘Garden,’ no song.

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For we all have sinned, all have come short

Of God’s law we have broken, of course, we abort!

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But graciously God’s love came through

Died for us!  What more could He do?

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From beginning of time this painful death

He suffered, I think, with every breath!

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Sam Cox 08.16.10

PRAISE AVENUE

Praise Avenue in the city of bliss

Built by God!  Cannot beat this!

City of Light, sure, heaven it is called

Just no sorrow or pain there at all!

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No sickness there, purest health and joy,

This is what I want for this old boy.

“Like the Angels…” Christ said, do not require

Such substance nor do they desire—

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Stuffing the body with food that looks good.

Less calories, I guess, it is as it should!

I expect with old age one just tapers off

Getting ready for heaven!  Now, do not scoff!

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A spiritual feast we know little about,

The banqueting table cannot do without!

But glorified body not in need of food

Substance, spiritual, and always good!

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So very good as the reference suggests

Banqueting table without all the mess!

Mess here, mess there, we eat way too much,

Substance only consider as such!

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Of course, it is required!  On food we depend

Required the system to defend!

Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak

More spiritual food we need!  Must seek!

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Food for the spirits, our scriptures, provide

Prayerfully we in Christ do reside,

But in all sensitivity always we pray

For spiritual food each and every day!

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So we have food and there is food for the soul

This intake we do not need to control!

Cannot get too much scripture and prayer

Strength you will find as you meet Jesus there!

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Strength we all need to keep strong in spirit

One thing is certain devil is not in it!

He just took off when we prayed the Bible!

Do what it says and you will not be liable

to sin!

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Sam’s simple preachment! 08.16.10

PAST FORGIVENESS

“Father, forgive them for they do not know…”

He prayed from that cross for sinner below!

Who tortured, tormented then nailed Him there!

Jesus, who did nothing but show His care!

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Untouchables, lepers He touched then and healed!

Could they not know what this action revealed?

The great God who heals, who raises the dead!

“Only wise God provides us with bread.”

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Provides us with comfort, rest, when required.

Mary and John from that cross inspired,

“Behold thy Son!  Receive they mother!”

Brothers and sisters with one another.

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Saw Him raise Lazarus, how could they not know?

This Jesus was God’s Son sent down to show

That believing on Him would mean their salvation!

As prophesied since Adam’s creation.

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His seed should bruise the ‘Serpents head’

As man’s heel shall be bruised instead.

As the struggle continues, we against Satan, contend!

Victory is ours, Satan’s loss in the end!

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With God deciding, how can we lose?

Just one way to lose when it is loss you choose.

But why would anyone chose such an end?

Understandably loss without a friend!

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But we have a friend in Jesus we see

His promise He keeps, “I will never leave thee!”

Any separation, you can surely tell.

Say yes to Satan, he will take you to Hell!

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Sam Cox 07.06.10

THE THREE ARE ONE

Why did Jesus die on that cross?

Submitting willingly?

Sins penalty is what He took!

Claimed it for you and me!

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Died that we need not die in our sins!

Projected!  Ever our time began.

He died for me and you sinner friend,

Sure, myself a sinner I am!

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We live our lives in a sinful world

And the Holy Spirit cries!

The pride of life cannot help myself!

“Wages of sin…” I must die!

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The Spirit woes but we disobey.

He pleads, “Do not do it!”  We do!

Holy Spirit as a Gentle Dove

With triune Godhead it is true!

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One God, of course, the Trinity

God the Father, in love

Came down, the Son, to propitiate

Spirit, the gentlest Dove. (*)

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To recap, baptism of Jesus

Spirit, symbol, a dove

Descended, baptism complete.

God smiles Spirit, His Love!

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“God, in three persons,” threesome descend

In God the Son, He who died for us.

God the Holy Spirit in baptism

All One in Christ Jesus!

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God the Father, God the Son, and

God the Holy Spirit

It is the Triune God, each One in One!

One God!  Simply accept it!

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We accept Christ by faith,

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”

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(*)  Matthew 3:16

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Sam Cox 06.15.10

GAIN MORE MAKE WAR

What is it all about anyway?

What can we learn from life?

Nothing at all for the most of us.

Fun!  Make more money, strife!

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Strife shows up in the wars we fight.

So many killed for – gain?

Make war!  Get!  What else?  Rule the world!

Profit and loss the name!

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Love less, more war, beauty is pain,

More pain the beauty brings.

Then there is the war to end all wars!

Victory!  The heart sings!

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Not to forget the profit and gain

For this no end is in sight!

Gain the world, lose your own soul.

Idea?  Might is right!

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Money, “The love of…root of all evil!”

How can one fend this lust?

To gain all the wealth this world can boast

Then sigh as it burns to dust!

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Fun, a dizziness, “Let it all ride.”

The Ferris wheel of life!

Headache, the heartache then following

How can one end that strife?

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Except to love my Savior and Lord

More than all of these!

Exercise the prayer life much more!

Sometimes on bended knee!

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But then the posture does not matter

As the posture of the heart!

A posture weeping for souls of men

Somehow a forgotten part!

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Like, the “Go ye into all the world…”

Is this not why Christ died?

His purest longing for souls of men

Willing the crucified!

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Willing, no, eager to suffer the pain

To assuage our sorrow our loss,

To bear our sins, torment assured!

Torment!  That horrible cross!

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Suffering in Hell, could any forget?

Is it not what we deserved?

God claimed it!  He made it His own!

Eternally He conserved!

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“I am crucified with Christ nevertheless I live…”

Galatians 2:20

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Sam Cox 0614.10

LOVING HIM FREELY

Not many Christian poets on the male side I see.

Are most men too macho?  Considered femininity?

Consider the David who once ruled Judea, Samaria.

Do you think Him effeminate?  I double dare you!

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Femininity, masculinity, considered not in our future.

“Like Angels in Heaven,” like heavenly, mature! (1)

Feminine, masculine, best of both in Heaven.

Converging similitude, just leave out the leaven.

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No mutual communication of the opposite sexes,

No boasting permitted about being from Texas!

Similitude each thinking as Jesus would, in love!

Love that leads benighted souls to seek Heaven above!

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“All have sinned…” we do well to realize this is true!

“…come short of the glory of God,” oh yes, you too!

If you think wealth can, like, get you in read Jesus’ words! (2)

That rich man, “went away sadly.”  Do these words disturb?

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Anything that keeps you from serving God supremely,

Pray it will not keep you from loving him entirely!

“I beseech you, therefore, brethren because of the mercies of God, (3)

That you present yourselves to Him.”

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“And be not conformed to this, sad and miserable, world,

But be transformed by the renewing of your mind,” give Christ control!

Happy the people who do not have to obey

Who loving Jesus freely, love to go His way!

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(1)  Matthew 22:30

(2)  Matthew 19:20-24

(3)  Romans 12:1-2

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Sam Cox 06.08.10