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The Promised Land

Forty years is a pretty long time to be out on a camping trip,
And when you’re living on a mountainside you can start to lose your grip.
So God called his people together to tell them about his plan,
“Folks I just wanted to say, I’m sending you to the Promised Land.”
He talked to them of a land that was flowing with milk and honey,
And told them that to own it all wouldn’t cost them any money.
God divided them up into tribes and then into armies and finally squads,
They thought that their vision of milk and honey must be different than God’s.
When they marched into the land they found people who were very big,
They thought that this land of giants would snap them like a twig.
The walls of the cities in this land were tall and they towered to the sky,
They thought that God must be mad at them so they went to ask him why.
“Lord, it’s going to be tough to attack walls made strong with mortar and bricks,
When we are all only tiny little people running around with pointy sticks.”
God railed at them for having so little faith and told them to attack,
They sort of looked at each other and then told God that he could have it back.
But the Lord told them all to hunker down and do their very best to be brave,
After all the time that Moses had invested God was certainly going to save.
And so they were delivered and the land became their home to keep,
They just never would have guessed that the rent would be so steep.

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  1. Date: 10/21/2011 5:10:00 PM
    variation on the theme, the promised land was bought i mean, the game of chess a battle scene, and all do fall before the Queen, obscure judgement, whose hill of beans? on ya cobber...

  1. Date: 10/21/2011 10:34:00 AM
    hahaha, great final line. This one was great fun to read.(told God that he could have it back, that is a good one.) When I visited Israel a long time ago, I remember thinking to myself: what is the big deal with this land that everyone is fighting about?

  1. Date: 10/21/2011 8:39:00 AM
    Very Interesting Tony.. how I wish,,, we knew now what we did not know then... I think the pain of cost, was not mentioned to us, when he send us off to the promise land... enjoyed every couplet...GOD BLESS~ p.d.

  1. Date: 10/21/2011 8:25:00 AM
    Brilliant write on an obscure subject but the truth told so well. I'm familiar with this tale and appreciate your rendition Tony.

  1. Date: 10/21/2011 4:31:00 AM
    light? oh, yeah, like let there be light! and may the good lord shine a light on you, Tony! Beauty day, namaste~N