Monday, June 27, 2011

"Suppose" a wonderful story/poem/devotion written by Judy Janowski, guest post for today ~06.27.2011

Posted by Judy on Monday, June 27, 2011 at 5:33am
(Sheri from TX asked me to share this one so that she can share it on her blog.   God bless you abundantly, Sheri.)

Who do you supose
eats soap?  Do you know?
There's a bar of soap under the rose
said to keep away deer and other foes
which has been chewed - perhaps by a mole
or maybe a little black vole.

Whoever it was came when I dozed
perhaps on little black pointed toes
to eat what grows
in planted rows.
It seems whoever towed
the soap under the red rose.

Maybe it was a rabbit with little brown toes?
It could have been a woodchuck?  Do you know?
I have another guess as last night the wind blowed
an odious scent into the open window.
This stink did not smell at all like a rose.
Who was it that eats soap do you suppose?

Yes, it was a skunk, whoa!
Quite a stink arose, you know.
Did eating soap get rid of BO?
That answer would be definitely "No"!
Soap is for washing, not for eating, you know.
No one taught this to the skunk, I suppose.

This little story of foes -
of bucks and does and moles and voles,
of rabbits and woodchucks with brown toes
and black and white skunks with black toes
now must come to a close.
Be sure to wash between your toes.
(That's what soap's for, you know.)

* * * * *

No one ever said to you, I hope,
"you need your mouth washed out with soap"
when you said a bad word
that you may have heard.

It's not only the individual words we need to watch.
We also need to watch the object of words that stem from our thoughts.
Are you harboring bitterness
toward someone who once was amiss?

Are you given to rage and anger
and have no control over a temper?
Does gossip and slander take place
instead of the quietness of grace?

Do you lack compassion?
Is it an absent action?
Perhaps there's no room for genuine compassion
because your heart is filled with aggravation.

Perhaps you feel you cannot forgive
so with heartache you choose to live.
The answer to your heartache is found in Christ's example.
It's 'forgive as Christ has forgiven you' - it's that simple.

Replace bitterness
with forgiveness.
Simply be quick to forgive
in order to truly live.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger,
brawling and slander,
along with every form of malice.
Be kind and compassionate to one another,
forgiving each other,
just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:31-32
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