Oh come with me in memory
To see a place I loved to be.
From childhood times that I recall,
Camp meeting was the best of all.
In summertime we’d travel there
For Bible study, songs, and prayer.
We’d see some friends that were quite dear
Although we met just once a year.
The children’s meetings were a treat
When Bible heroes we would meet,
Like Moses, David, Daniel, too,
And Noah with his sailing zoo.
The colors on a cardboard chart
Revealed how God could change a heart,
While prophets on a flannel board
Would bring a message from the Lord.
We stretched our arms from side to side
To show God’s love was “Deep and Wide.”
Our finger candles we’d let shine
And sing “This Little Light of Mine.”
At night to services we went
Inside the tabernacle tent.
The sound of singing was so great,
It must have reached to heaven’s gate.
The preaching that we heard was loud
With “amen’s” sprinkled through the crowd,
But with some sermons long and deep,
We little ones would go to sleep.
And last would come the altar call
When sinners on their knees would fall.
Converted ones would voices raise
To offer God their grateful praise.
Then after service folks would chat
Of blessings, weather, this and that,
But children did not linger there;
Enticing scents were in the air.
We’d run with quarters in our hands
And head toward concession stands
To get a hotdog with a drink,
The best I’ve ever had, I think.
From these sweet memories combined,
Words I sang then still bless my mind.
They’re “Jesus loves me, this I know
Because the Bible tells me so.”
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