Pulpit Reflections

Pulpit Reflections
This coming weekend is Easter – are you prepared to celebrate? I mean celebrate by truly placing your life into the hands of Jesus. So many people say they have troubles, needs or cares that keep them away from church. I found a poem that may help clear your thinking.

Even This Shall

Pass Away

Once in Persia

reigned a King

Who upon his signet ring

Graved a maxim

true and wise,

Which, if held

before the eyes,

Gave him counsel

at a glance,

Fit for every

change and chance.

Solemn words,

and these are they:

"Even this shall pass away."

Trains of camel

through the sand

Brought his gems

from Samarcand;

Fleets of galleys

through the seas

Brought him pearls to match with these.

But he counted not his gain

Treasures of the

mine or main;

"What is wealth?"

the king would say;

"Even this shall pass away."

In the revels of his court

At the zenith of the sport,

When the palms

of all his guests

Burned with clapping

at his jests;

He amid his figs and wine,

Cried: "Oh loving

friends of mine!

Pleasure comes but

not to stay;

Even this shall pass away."

Fighting on a furious field,

Once a javelin

pierced his shield;

Soldiers with a loud lament

Bore him bleeding

to his tent;

Groaning from his

tortured side,

"Pain is hard to bear,"

he cried,

"But with patience,

day by day,�

Even this shall pass away."

Towering in the

public square,

Twenty cubits in the air,

Rose his statue,

carved in stone,

Then, the king,

disguised, unknown,

Stood before his

sculptured name

Musing meekly,

"What is fame?

Fame is but a slow decay�

Even this shall pass away."

Struck with palsy,

sere and old,

Waiting at the gates of gold,

Said he with

his dying breath;

"Life is done,

but what is death?"

Then, in answer

to the King,

Fell a sunbeam on his ring,

Showing by a heavenly ray,

"Even this shall pass away."

� Theodore Tilton

Dear friends, do you have these things that keep you away from worshipping the risen Lord? Perhaps you need to accept Christ and let the motto for your problems be; "Even this shall pass away!"

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