Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Poem About Our Earthly House

elderly_mancane A few days ago our friend Celia shared a poem with me that was written over 50 years ago. I think you will enjoy it.

Your enjoyment may depend on your age. If you are getting old like me, you may feel that there is a young person living in your aging body.

This Earthly House

You tell me I am getting old but that's not really so.
The house I live in may be worn and that, of course, I know.
It's been in use a good long while and weathered many a gale.
I'm therefore not surprised to find it now is somewhat frail.

You tell me I am getting old, you mix my house and me.
You're looking at the outside that's all that most folks see;
The dweller in the little house is bright and young and gay
Just starting on a life that lasts through long eternal day.

The color's changing on the rook, the window's looking dim;
The wall's a bit transparent, and getting rather thin;
The foundation's not so steady as once it used to be,
And that is all that you observe, but it's not really me.

I patch the old house up a bit to make it last the night,
But soon I shall be flitting to my home of endless light.
I'm going to live forever there, my life goes on, it's grand.
How can you say, I'm getting old? You do not understand.

These few short years can't make me old, I feel I'm in my youth!
Eternity lies just ahead, full of life and joy and truth.
We will not fret to see this house grown shabby day by day,
But look ahead to our new Home which never will decay.

I want to be made fit to dwell in that blest house above,
Cleansed in the precious blood of Christ, and growing still in love.
The beauty of that glorious home, no words can ever say
'Tis hidden from these mortal eyes, but kept for us someday!

My house is getting ready in the land beyond the sky,
It's Architect and Builder is my Savior on High,
But I rather think He's leaving the furnishings to me
So it's treasure up in Heaven I must store each day you see.

By Jack Jackson (circa 1952-1955)
See Hebrews 11:10

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Did you hear about the 83 year old woman who talked herself out of a speeding ticket by telling the young officer that she had to get there before she forgot where she was going?

Quote of the Day
Don't think you're on the right road just because
it’s a well-beaten path. 
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day

In Florida , an atheist created a case against the upcoming holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians, Jews & observances of their holy days. The argument was it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized day(s).

The case was brought before a judge.  After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring, 'Case dismissed.'

The lawyer immediately stood objecting to the ruling saying,  'Your honor, how can you possibly dismiss this case?  The Christians have Christmas, Easter & others.  The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur & Hanukkah.  Yet my client & all other atheists have no such holidays.'

The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, 'But you do. Your client, counsel, is woefully ignorant.' The lawyer said, 'Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists.'

The judge said, 'The calendar says April 1st is 'April Fools Day.'  Psalm 14:1 states,  'The fool says in his heart, there is no God.'

Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool.  Therefore, April 1st is his day. Court is adjourned."

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Lynne said...

I liked that one on the speeding ticket, lol!

Mandy said...

Looking forward to seeing you and Grandmother soon! loves