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Topic: PICNIC - deadline 7-12-12 @ 9:59 AM NY Time (07/05/12)
TITLE: A princess story
By Raymond Dickerson
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A giant picture puzzle, placing
Pieces where she needs them so
They fit within the muddle of
Her ala-carte approach to what
She feels she must believe so she
Can make it through her day and
She can live a life of ease.
Like a princess at a picnic who can
Have the things she wants, without her
Ever compromising, sympathizing
With the have-nots; only
Dining on the good stuff,
Only blessings and desserts;
Leaving sacrifice and fasting to
Those silly knaves and serfs
Who think that faith is taking Jesus at
His deed and at His word;
They’ve never pleaded for prosperity
Or money, how absurd!
You see some slick dressed T.V. preacher
Told her she could feel entitled if she
Sent him fifty dollars during
His latest revival.
She could live a life abundant
Have her cake and eat it too,
She simply turned the dial and found a style
That fit her point of view; she could
Keep the picnic nature of her
Cut and paste religion,
Never looking for the real truth,
Rather one that she could fit in.
She traded in a real crown for
A counterfeit tiara;
Swapped her priceless inner-beauty for
Some cheap dime-store mascara.
No one told the princess that
You must believe it all
Or you may end up dancing solo,
You may even miss the ball.
You must take the Holy Scripture and
Embrace it word for word,
You can’t repaint black and white with gray,
Decide which lines to blur.
You must take your bitter pill,
You must shoulder your own cross;
You must lose your life to gain it or
Remain among the lost.
A blessing gained is not the point;
Easy life is not the goal.
Thinking only of yourself and no one else
Will not win souls.
A princess may well reign within
A children’s bedtime story;
She must abdicate her throne if
She’s to share in Jesus’ Glory
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