Wasn't That a Service?

(Older Woman to an acquaintance after service:)

Wasn’t that a service?
Didn’t praises ring?
Couldn’t miss the Spirit.
How that choir can sing!

Weren’t the children eager,
Coming at their time?
Marvel how that teacher
Keeps those kids in line!

Wasn’t that a challenge
For the mission field?
Have to raise the money
For a heathen yield!

Wasn’t that a sermon?
Could have raised the dead!
Have to get a copy.
Must know all he said.

Wasn’t that a prayer line?
Elders all in white.
When will Sister Sarah
Ever get her sight?

Wasn’t that a clear call
At the closing hour?
Preacher got three sinners ;
Fell beneath the power.

Really, dear, so quiet;
All’s not well with you?
Tell me, girl, your problem;
Quickly now, we’re through.”

(Younger Woman, thinking to herself:)

(Oh that I had someone
With the heart to show
How to keep my husband,
When he wants to go.

How my son is hurting,
Failing at his school.
Only needs some guidance.
Really, he’s no fool.

Landlord gave me notice.
Have to leave my flat.
Are the foreign missions
Only where it’s at?

Job is getting tricky.
Boss is always right.
Can’t betray my problems.
Mustn’t seem uptight.

Heart and soul are hurting.
Is there no relief?
But the truth, we’re skirting,
As it’s time to leave.

Preacher’s at the doorway,
Shaking hands good-bye.
Couldn’t interrupt him.
Couldn’t bear to cry.)

(And then speaking to the other:)

“Really, there’s no problem.
God’s still on His throne.
How I praise and thank Him
For this fine church home.

Yes that was some service.
Time just goes so fast .
See you Tuesday evening
At the ladies class…”

1 JOHN 3: 16, 17
Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?


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