The Presbyterian Church of Alpine

“JO BETH’S EFFORTS!” a poem a.k.a.: “The Treasure of Your Efforts!” Sunday, June 3, 2018 – Forward: The Pastor at The Presbyterian Church of Alpine often preaches about the treasures that awaits anyone who comes in contact with a truly loving person, a person described by St. Paul as both “fragile & tough!” Our bodies, or temples, although variously described and shaped, may yield treasures from “God,” if we open ourselves to GRACE and offer what is deposited in those “vessels” to friends around us, although SOMETIMES we might be criticized for our “giving efforts!” This poem is dedicated to Pastor McLeod and her efforts to always “do the best she can!” AND, although it faces an alley and is, therefore, obscured … a splendid stained glass window awaits you if you ever come visit! 🙂 – at Lockhart Avenue & 5th Street.

Jo Beth struggled, most every day,

And cleaned her glass -in-a-meticulous-way,

For, every year – during Springtime cleaning,

She was more than ready,

WITH MUCH WELL MEANING!

She-would-insure-

That-The-Glass-

Up-Front,

Would SHINE!

‘Cause – She-would-get-her-ladder –

And-the-ol’-”SOL-PINE!”

She scrubbed for hours, and folks did ask:

“Why-all-that-work? It’s such a TASK?”

But Jo Beth, with grace, would simply say:

“You’ll see! Just wait! … until SUN – day!”

Well, Sunday came! The eleventh hour,

And-her-sermon had great power,

FOR, WHEN SHE SAID, THAT G O D I S L I G H T,

The stained glass SUDDENLY was so BRIGHT!

Children squealed!

Ladies-did-weep!

And JO BETH SMILED,

HER FAITH TO KEEP!

fin. ❤


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