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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/03/08)
TITLE: First Things First
By Verna Cole Mitchell
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To get the New Year’s Budget set.
“Don’t you think that the walls need paint?”
Was question asked by one dear saint.
Then many more ideas came,
No any two of them the same.
“To pad the pews is my advice,”
And “Stained glass windows would be nice.”
“The sanctuary needs more light;
I’m having trouble with my sight.”
“The microphone is not the best.”
“Our organ’s pipes don’t pass the test.”
“A brand new carpet should be laid,”
“Selection of new hymnals made.”
“I would propose a big wide screen;
It’s time that our church made the scene.”
At last, the pastor rose to speak,
“I think the Lord’s will we should seek.
I know He’d have us to be wise
In spending funds that He provides.
Our roof is leaking, as you know.
To fix it seems the way to go.
All these improvements you suggest,
To save for later might be best.
Though roof repairs can really cost,
If we don’t do it, all is lost.
It seems that worse will lead to worst
If we’re not putting first things first.
For God’s house, we must do things right
To be found pleasing in His sight.”
The elders bowed in humbleness,
And then their hearts the Lord did bless.
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