THAT KID FROM NAZARETH

I see Him in your Jonathan

As He picks scraps from the floor.

I follow and He fills my hand

Until there is no more.

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I drop some specks here and there

So He will have more to do.

But when He catches on to this

That killer smile comes through.

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I see Him as He sneezes and

Coughs just like the others

And later as He helps with

His sisters and His brothers.

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A black eye decorates His face.

He comes home slightly troubled,

As though anticipating more

As to manhood He struggles.

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He is growing up.  The eyes of girls

Follow Him around.

A higher calling, seeing now,

That He is not earthbound.

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But back to Jonathan, the friend,

He too will realize

That what He is looking for, you know,

Is a much higher prize.

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He has a servant’s heart, I feel,

A heart that says, “I will follow

God where ever He leads,

To do His perfect will.”

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Sam Cox 12.28.03

VERY SOON

So there I was in the middle of it, this river so clear and wide,

And bright it was from a hidden source and I had no place to hide!

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But why should I hide?  I thought to myself.  There is nothing around here to fear!

This ‘River of Life’ from the source of all life radiates nothing but cheer!

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The water was calm and crystal clear and cool as an evening breath.

And strangely, I thought, there is feeling here!  Just does not seem like death!

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But is was; in memory I felt the pain, the blackness of night,

The slipping away from reality, the loss of feeling and sight.

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But look at me now!  Oh, look at him!  (The stranger running ahead.)

I followed him though I knew not why.  It was as though I was being led!

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Impulsively I kept following on; I felt his exuberance, too!

Soon I was leaping as high as he with joy, so crazy and new!

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“Come!” he cried, his arms flailing wildly!  “Where?” I answered but ran!

He plunged in the river then I plunged, too.  Together we laughed and swam!

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“Up there on that hill, the heights above, the city we will see from there!

“Up there, the center of all our light!  Our Savior beyond compare!”

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Recognition then dawned!  We rolled in the sand hugging and laughing for joy!

He had died of the plague, so many years past, when I was but a small boy.

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Father and son reunited at last!  What could be better than this?

“Son,” father said, “You have not seen half.  Soon you will experience true bliss!”

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Same age now, though ageless we ran!  Tirelessly and strong!

Soon mother, brothers, relatives, friends comprised a glad, joyous throng!

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The City appeared, ‘The City of Light!’  So bright and yet without glare.

I just could not wait!  I ran ahead to be welcomed by Jesus up there,

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But wait I must!

Just keep in touch!

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Soon and very soon we are going to see The King!  Hallelujah!

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Sam Cox 05.13.03