The Presbyterian Church of Alpine

โ€œJO BETHโ€™S EFFORTS!โ€ a poem a.k.a.: โ€œThe Treasure of Your Efforts!โ€ 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 โ€œfragile & tough!โ€ Our bodies, or temples, although variously described and shaped, may yield treasures from โ€œGod,โ€ if we open ourselves to GRACE and offer what is deposited in those โ€œvesselsโ€ to friends around us, although SOMETIMES we might be criticized for our โ€œgiving efforts!โ€ This poem is dedicated to Pastor McLeod and her efforts to always โ€œdo the best she can!โ€ AND, although it faces an alley and is, therefore, obscured โ€ฆ a splendid stained glass window awaits you if you ever come visit! ๐Ÿ™‚ – 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!

โ€˜Cause – She-would-get-her-ladder –

And-the-olโ€™-โ€SOL-PINE!โ€

She scrubbed for hours, and folks did ask:

โ€œWhy-all-that-work? Itโ€™s such a TASK?โ€

But Jo Beth, with grace, would simply say:

โ€œYouโ€™ll see! Just wait! โ€ฆ until SUN – day!โ€

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. โค


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