2 LIFE STORIES

Venturesome suppose the young can do it,

5 churches, 3 years, I live to prove it!

High cost of driving, this alone spent

Salary I made, surely a big dent!

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No luxuries afford, what is left to say,

New car every 3 years, pay as we pray.

Many dirt roads then tough on the tires,

Scenery not bad and sometimes inspires!

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“Can you dig it?”  Sorry that is old army.

Now at 94 nothing alarms me.

I fought in that war, lead a patrol,

Later preached 9 churches, not too droll.

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Exciting to say the least!  And much, much more!

Much to write about!  Did I live before?

Speed on those dirt roads!  Protection for sure!

2 years of that all a car could endure!

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A daughter now near fifty and some,

Grade school back then and when it was done

High school, Ventura, Clyde Beatty, I knew.

Wild animals trained, the tigers true!

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Visited often!  Died, had his funeral then,

Good man but Christian?  Just do not know. (*)

Can only hope that I will see him there, but

Without wild animals as below.

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After Ventura I pastored one more church,

Making 9 all told, sure a 3-year man

Most of them small, Ventura newer, large

30 years pastoring.  You just do what you can!

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No regrets through it all, well maybe one,

Retired then salesman, contributive?  None.

If I had kept on pastoring, preaching task,

A better example for my son!

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Praying each day, Dear Lord, “Forgive.”

Cannot do over, one life here to live.

I know He forgives, but can I forget.

Heaven, forever remembering yet?

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(*) To me shame!

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The Sam 12.12.12

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