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That Servant – In Memoriam

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It was October – cold and rainy

   When I got to Allegheny …

 

Ascending the lonely hill

   I tried to ignore the chill

 

A canopy of autumn haze

   Enveloped the yard of graves

 

Hundreds of markers in stone

   Studded the manicured dome …

 

Humanity lying in tombs –

   Resurrection’s waiting rooms.

 

Our Pastor was laid to rest

   On a day like this, I guessed …

 

A granite pyramid doth stand

   To honor that righteous man.

 

Daniel’s closed book he opened,

   Solving mysteries therein …

 

To unlock Bible prophesies,

    God blest His use of pen.

 

That saint is now forgotten,

   Though of renown back then …

 

What would my world be like today

   If he had never been?

 

No writer with an inkhorn,

   Unheralded second advent …

 

No harvest sickle to wield,

   Wheat and tares still together …

 

No call to God’s people –

   Out of Babylon to come …

 

No Plan of the Ages Divine,

   No light from Present Truth to shine.

 

In gross darkness I’d be groping.

   For parousia I’d be hoping …

 

Not knowing the Kingdom is here,

   My heart could be failing from fear.

 

Thankful I am to our Lord

   Who wisely chose “that servant” …

 

He who wrote down the “vision” —

  Made it plan for us to see

 

Whose timely “meat in due season” —

   A spiritual smorgasbord …

 

Fed a New Creation

One hundred forty years and more

 

Blest am I to be seated

   At that banquet table now …

 

The same precious Truths I feed on

   Nourished those who’ve gone before …

 

The meat I eat is a foretaste …

   Of the marriage feast of love …

 

For the glorious Bride and Bridegroom

   In the heavens up above.

 

By Barbara Wilford

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