LOVED ONES

The fire that once kept me going,

Was the preaching task.

Just five churches on my circuit,

Left little time to bask–

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In sunlight or by the river

Good swimming but just no time!

But fishing one pond or another,

Kept our deep-freeze full, no crime!

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Bluegill, Crappie, and Bullhead, too,

In the catfish family.

Delicious whenever cooked just right,

My wife learned it for free!

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About fifteen miles between churches

Did two each Sunday morn!

Two more on a Sunday evening,

Sermon notes slightly worn!

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But still readable Monday evening

Though they were seldom used,

In this huge Baptist edifice

Where members once abused–

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Had left with only a few remaining,

These few loved God’s Word!

These few stayed on, not disappointed

It was God’s Word they heard!

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Earnestly they seemed to listen,

Same few each Monday came!

For three years in this fine brick church

To worship in Jesus’ name!

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South Iowa near Centerville,

Jerome in Iowa Parish.

Plano, Numa, some of the towns,

Brazil, some names I cherish!

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Can I forget Cincinnati town?

Tomboy Betty lived there.

Requested a ride to my home in Jerome,

Babysitter, Sans Kompair! (*)

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Three years she sat the kids for us!

Three years did not want pay!

But Westward Ho after three years

Bible College per se!

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Met a Lindsay, married!  Had kids!

Three beautiful girls, one blonde.

Two live close by, have kids of their own,

Dianne and Donna they bond!

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One named a Samuel after me!

All are precious and loved!

My constant longing and prayer is to

Meet them in heaven above!

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(*) No comparison

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Sam Cox  04.21.09

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