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Topic: rain (10/17/05)
By Linda Watson Owen
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The mocking did not stop.
Jeers and sneers and laughter crass
were hurled from drunken mobs.
The nails sunk in. The wood was placed
in just the needed form.
Even family looked askance
through their internal storms.
“You fool!” some cried, ”You’re such a joke!
Now don’t you think it’s odd?
You’re hearing ‘voices’? Sure you are!
All madmen talk with ‘God’!”
“Come on, now fellas,” others teased,
“The show has just begun!
Sit back, relax, enjoy yourselves!
Drink up! Let’s have some fun!”
“This guy’s a loon, a ‘prophesier’!
He preaches gloom and doom!
If he’d have fallen in with us,
he’d sung a different tune!”
“I just can’t stand a goody-good!
It gets beneath my skin!
He’ll get his, and I’ll be glad!
Just wait, and we’ll show him!”
Low thunder rumbled in the west,
but only one man heard.
The hammer rang, blow after blow.
His inner spirit stirred.
The time had come. The heavens quaked.
A mist was just the hint,
as skies above came closing in,
placed near for sure judgment.
The evil hordes grew restless then
and paused in all their taunts,
passing glances, ill at ease,
yet ignorant of their want.
Fresh rain began to fall to earth
quite pleasant in its path,
not yet exposing the full truth
of God’s unerring wrath.
Then sure rain pelted, purposeful
in covering all below,
but no ease came as villains fled
the sting of Heaven’s flow.
Harder now the arrows came
that pointed to the ground,
while bows of thunder shook the depths
where godless men were bound.
But one man rose above the tide
with those who clung to him,
as evil drowned in waves of choice
deluged by their own sin.
This Testament both Old and New
still stands for one and all.
There is one Truth, one Way to Life.
Heed now Salvation’s call!
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