We’re into the Lenten season. It began this week with Ash Wednesday and will conclude with Easter and the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.
In keeping with this, here are two poems written by and sent to Neighbors by Patrick McCleary, who came to North Dakota from Ohio, lived in Devils Lake and Rugby and now lives in Fargo.
Like Flower of the Field
(Based on the Bible’s James 1:10: “And let the rich man glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will fade away.”)
Like a flower of the field
A rich man does fade away
His wealth cannot him save
It cannot help him on that day!
Every day the sun does rise
Its heat does wither every plant
The pursuits the rich do try
They can’t save them, they just can’t!
So let us show our trust in God
If we serve Him He’ll provide
If we seek the kingdom first
He will with us then abide!
Everything we need we’ll have
In the new world near at hand
Every day will be a joy
And we’ll serve our God so grand!
When the Sun Had Risen
(Based on Mark 16:2: “And very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.”)
When the sun had risen
The Son had risen
Unexpected it was by God’s foes
Yes, the grave was open
And now we’re hoping
For the time when all badness goes!
With the spirit given
To many then living
It made them part of God’s fold
They were then adopted
What could ever top it?
And one day they’ll wear crowns of gold!
Soon will come the judgment
We’ll think nothing of it
Just and wise we know it will be
O what grand deliverance
To the world good riddance
And we’ll live good lives eternally!
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