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"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and [be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear" - 1 Peter 3:15

That Servant – In Memoriam


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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