SAVED BY GRACE

Raised in India, British parents,

But American controlled.

Citizen fought in W. W. II!

As First Scout, leading patrol!

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Many the scary ventures contained

Death-wish, do you suppose?

Stood down on a path, enemy in plain view!

Planted grenade, to propose!

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Thinking that they may want it later

And they did!  I stayed awake!

Over the snoring I heard creeping feet,

Tossed the grenade.  What a break!

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Both exploded, as I had hoped,

Someone exclaimed, “It is just Sam.”

I heard scraping as though being dragged,

Not a blink of sleep for this man!

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“Move out!”  Order given, next day

“Where?”  No one around could see!

“Just follow us!  Trail ahead will take…”

“Where?”  Left to Squad Leader and me!

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I had fixed my bullion and coffee,

Others opened their cans,

My liquid diet, after six months,

I had lost 30 pounds!

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I had prayed for protection, as before,

Habit, I guess, but God heard.

Look, I am 93, think there is still more?

Up to nature,  not disturbed!

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For me, God is still under-girding as

I keep praying for strength!

But not presuming as before

Heaven awaits at length!

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Presumptuous presumably, no, no!  For sure!

But “I go to prepare a place…”

All He has done for me these many years!

As I have walked, “Saved by Grace!”

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the Sam 02.07.12

FREE

Those days of ceaseless activity – what?  Forever past?

Course back then I feared that they would always last and last!

Leading patrol, World War II, hundred-sixty lbs. back then.

Could not stay there, few more months near weightless when–

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I tipped the scales a mere 130 lbs., so what happened there?

Near weightless felt I could run always going anywhere.

Combat far but I lived on just the bullion and the coffee!

Six continuous months of this and I could barely see me!

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Felt weightless, healthy leading patrol each day.

Walking fast, “Slow down, Sam!”  From the rear, I hear,

Shot rings out!  Enemy wakes!  Then on quietly!

We soon learn enemy lives!  Keep moving silently!

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Then someone asks, “Where?”  Do not ask just follow!

Very soon after more losses, wordlessly swallow,

So many words unnecessary silently obeying,

Like, pack of wolves prowling in secret, praying.

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Sleepless night spent just listening, watching,

Al, squad leader, next hole, quietly snoring

Eerie long footsteps heard just below me,

Pulled pin on grenade, let fly, so sorry!

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Sent 2 heathen to hell, of course, I am certain.

Father forgive me!  But this Bamboo Curtain

Does separate all that with soul will go

Heaven above or hell below!

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At that time, did not care, meant nothing to me.

TV at home or banana under a coconut tree

Two enemy meant to kill but I came in first!

Enemy, sure, and without Christ cursed!

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Are we guiltless then, living on so abundantly?

Caring not that men are dying endlessly!

My God help me to go, give or pray

In obedience to your dying living way!

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Did not Jesus die to save souls from hell?

Killing mission so far from go and tell!

Dear God, forgive!  This is what matters most!

Do I deserve Heaven with the Spirit-led host?

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None deserve, Salvation is free to all!

We must seek, accept provision on Him call!

On the name Jesus.  Died to make us free!

Now and forever, yes, eternally!

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the Sam hath spoke!  04.13.12