Monday Morning Poetry

I don’t know about you, but I really appreciate my friends. And throughout the years of my life, God has blessed me with an awesome “Gospel Posse,” to use the words of Scotty Smith. Three of my closest friends are Jason Vasquez, A. D. Luna, and Alex Nogueras. We’ve been friends since the 7th grade!

As a pastor now, some of my close friends are pastors. Some good pastor friends of mine today are Mack Elkin, pastor of Waterstone Fellowship in Oviedo, FL, and Elton LaBree, pastor of Aplington Baptist Church, in Aplington, Iowa.

Because God has blessed me with some great friends, the poem I chose for this week is “A Friend or Two” by Wilbur Nesbit:

There’s all of pleasure and all of peace
In a friend or two;
And all your troubles may find release
Within a friend or two;
It’s in the grip of the sleeping hand
On native soil or in alien land,
But the world is made-do you understand-
Of a friend or two.

 

A song to sing, and a crust to share
With a friend or two;
A smile to give and a grief to bear
With a friend or two;
A road to walk and a goal to win,
An inglenook to find comfort in,
The gladdest hours that we know begin
With a friend or two.

 

A little laughter; perhaps some tears
With a friend or two;
The days, the weeks, and the months and years
With a friend or two;
A vale to cross and a hill to climb,
A mock at age and a jeer at time-
The prose of life takes the lilt of rhyme
With a friend or two.

 

The brother-soul and the brother-heart
Of a friend or two
Make us drift on from the crowd apart,
With a friend or two;
For come days happy or come days sad
We count no hours but the ones made glad
By the hale good times we have ever had
With a friend or two.

 

Then brim the goblet and quaff the toast
To a friend or two,
For glad the man who can always boast
of a friend or two;
But fairest sight is a friendly face,
The blithest tread is a friendly pace
And heaven will be a better place
For a friend or two.

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