Birth, I do not recall the time or place.
The first thing I recall remembering -
Mom was having a home permanent done
and I was banished outside to the yard.
I learned rejection and horrible smells.
At my reception of faith - life got better.
my second home has always been the church.
There I was introduced to Father God
and His son, Jesus whom I call brother.
I learned forgiveness and worth at His hand.
I went to college to be a teacher
and got to practice at Glendale Chapel
telling precious children - Jesus loves them,
reading the Bible and finding His words
like these, “as you go, tell folks about Me.”
I know that teachers never quit learning
and so in my twenties at Calv'ry,
University Church and Lewis Lane,
I played piano and sang in the choir -
“Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised.”
I learned to do ministry at Graceland
after I married and had two children.
Visiting folks in homes and hospitals,
jails, and schools, discovering God’s command,
“Love each other just as I have loved you.”
Life-long lessons have made the difference
At Wesley Chapel, I had wealth to share -
supporting missions, sponsoring youth camps,
donating food and gently-used clothing,
volunteering to work in the kitchen.
Life’s long lessons include one thing NOT learned -
good works can never bring me salvation.
It’s Jesus’ life, death and resurrection
that brings eternal life to believers.
I’m wondering what I’ll remember of Death.