Reclaimed

My name is Henry Johnson,

I’m thirty-four years old,

My mother was a Richardson,

That story has been told.

I was born to John and Mary,

That’s my parents, now, you see–

My grandpa’s name was Terry,

And he married a Stacy.

I married Sarah years ago,

At the age of twenty-four,

She didn’t like to cook or sew,

But painted our front door.

We were brought to Christ our Saviour,

About seven years ago,

We were saved at once together,

I figured you should know.

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Prayer Positions

“The proper way for a man to pray,”

Said Deacon Solomon Keys,

“And the only proper attitude,

Is down upon his knees.”

“No. I should say the way to pray,”

Said the Reverend Dr. Wise,

“Is standing straight with out-stretched arms,

And rapt and up-turned eyes.”

“Oh, no, no, no,”

Said Elder Slow,

“Such posture’s much to proud,

A man should pray with eyes fast closed,

And head contritely bowed.”

“Well it seems to me,

His hands should be,

Austerely clasped in front,

With both thumbs pointed to the ground,”

Said the Reverend Dr. Blunt.

“Last year, I fell

In Hitken’s well,

Head first,” said Cyrus Brown.

“With both my heals a stickin’ up,

And my head a pointin’ down

“And I made a prayer,

Right then and there,

The plainest prayer I ever said,

A standin’ there, upon my head!”

–Author Unknown

When You Read the Bible Through

By Amos R. Wells

Yes, I thought I knew my Bible,

Reading piecemeal, hit or miss,

Now a bit of John of Matthew,

Now a snatch of Genesis,

Certain chapters of Isaiah,

Certain Psalms (the twenty-third)

Twelfth of Romans, first of proverbs—

Yes, I thought I knew the Word!

But I found that thorough reading

Was a different thing to do,

And the way was unfamiliar

When I read my Bible through.

 

You who like to play at Bible,

Dip and dabble, here and there,

Just before you kneel aweary,

And yawn on through a hurried prayer;

You who treat the Crown of Writings

As you treat no other book—

Just a paragraph disjointed,

Just a crude, impatient look—

Try a worthier procedure

Try a broad and steady view;

You will kneel in very rapture

When you read the Bible through!