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YOUNG JIM'S PLIGHT

 

The parson sat in a pew,

surrounded by the deacons.

As the meeting drew

to and end, one of the sons

of the local merchant barged in.

“Doc, momma sent me to find you.

Jim is terribly sick, Ma's taken

him to your house, and they need you.

 

The doctor, who had long been a deacon

in this little church, rushed to his house.

The Parson raced after the medical man.

Hoping he could, her fears douse,

he prayed with the boys' Ma.

Her husband soon rushed in

The fear on his face was raw

as he spoke to the medical man.

 

There was only one medicine

that could save the boy

but Doc had none in his possession.

Hoping, a rider to deploy,

he sent telegraphs to every doctor

within a hundred miles. Only one

had any of the drug he could offer.

Time was the enemy, they needed a fast stallion.

 

Author's Notes/Comments: 

The Cowboy and The Parson is the story of two men of faith in the American Old West told in a series of poems. YOUNG JIM'S PLIGHT is Chapter 8 of this story.

 

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THE BIBLE

 

Monday morning, the widow Blies

entered the livery stable.

With a tear in her eyes.

She handed the young man

her dead son's Bible.

“Last night, to sleep I could not go.

My son died a little over a year ago,

I don't have much to remember him by

but as a brand new Christian,

he'd want you to have your own Bible.

I think he'd want you to have the one

he carried with him everyday.”

The Cowboy did not know what to say.

He thanked her and for him she did pray.

After she left, he couldn't help but think

about how great a sacrifice this must be

for this woman whom he barely knew.

She reminded him of his own mother

You could see God's love in her very eyes.

Author's Notes/Comments: 

The Cowboy and The Parson is the story of two men of faith in the American Old West told in a series of poems. THE BIBLE is Chapter 5 of this story.

 

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THE COWBOY GETS BAPTIZED

 

The cowboy turned liveryman

found himself asking his friend,

the humble parson, to baprize him.

This, on the very Sunday that it became

official that he would be the new pastor

of this little white church.

So to the creek just outside town

they went and there they found

the perfect spot for his baptism.

 

The entire congregation was there

in joyful song, their voices filled the air.

They rejoiced in knowing

that the kingdom was growing.

It was truly a joyfu day.

Our two friends entered the water, smiling.

The parson said a few words, and then emersed

his new friend beneath the water. The crowd dispersed

oh so slowly, many remaining to speak to the two men.

Author's Notes/Comments: 

The Cowboy and The Parson is the story of two men of faith in the American Old West told in a series of poems. THE COWBOY GETS BAPTIZED is Chapter 4 of this story.

 

 

You may watch/hear me read this installment of the story here:  https://youtube.com/shorts/x1cDbxPDYos

HIS HEART WAS NOW FILLED

 Stepping off the stage,

he noticed the sage

walk toward the hotel.

That parson, that sage

would come to dwell

here for many years.

But neither of them

had any way of knowng this.

Knowing his finances were grim,

this cowboy was still filled with bliss.

 

Walking in the opposite direction

from his newfound friend,

the cowboy found the livery stable.

Thinking he might be able to rent

a horse and thus be able

to ride out to the nearest ranch

and maybe find himself a job.

But the man at the livery offered

to hire him. The man, Rob,

offered him wages obsurd.

 

Rob owned the feed and grain

and, as he did explain,

Became the owner of the stable,

to his wife's great disdain,

when the previous owner was unable

to pay his bills and left town suddenly.

Willing to pay the same wages

the nearby ranchers pay a hand

to avoid his wife's rages:

his return to the store was her demand.

 

A few days later, our new liveryman

found this job did not demand

him to work on Sunday.

So, he went to church with his friend,

in whom Chrst's love was on full display.

Yes, it's of the parson, I speak here.

The cowboy had not been to church in years

but recently had come to know Christ

and now his whole life had changed, it appears.

His heart was now filled with the love of Christ.

Author's Notes/Comments: 

The Cowboy and The Parson is the story of two men of faith in the American Old West told in a series of poems. HIS HEART WAS NOW FILLED is Chapter 3 of this story.

 

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ON A RUMBLING STAGECOACH

 

Only two passengers aboard

the rumbling stage coach.

The cowboy, being bored,

struck up a conversation

with the humble parson.

They discussed cattle,

roping and riding, and such.

But somehow, they began

to discuss sin and salvaton.

The parson talked, oh so much,

about the fiery battle

between the flesh and the spirit.

The cowboy, the more he did hear it

was intrigued how Christ died for his sin.

Right there on a rumbling stage coach,

he bowed his head and found grace devine.

Right there on a rumbling stage coach,

he grace, love, joy and peace, he did find.

Right there on a rumbling stage coach,

he bowed his head and found eternal salvation.

Author's Notes/Comments: 

The Cowboy and The Parson is the story of two men of faith in the American Old West told in a series of poems. ON A RUMBLING STAGECOACH is Chapter 1 of this story.

 

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SALVATION

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Author's Notes/Comments: 

With Easter coming up, I've been thinking a lot about Christ's death and resurection.  You can watch/hear me read this one at:  https://youtube.com/shorts/WYnWcLkzk-U

I'M PARCHED

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You can watch/hear me read this one at:  https://youtube.com/shorts/D7JodyfrIJ4

YOU REIGN

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Haiku
Author's Notes/Comments: 

Just a little Haiku for Jesus.  You can watch/hear me read it at:  https://youtube.com/shorts/h9ISIiQe2OM

THE SHEPHERD'S VOICE

Author's Notes/Comments: 

You can hear/watch me read this one at:  https://youtube.com/shorts/BOTRW02UhIs