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Topic: Phew! (02/11/10)
TITLE: SWEET RELIEF
By Jackie Wilson
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A new life begins ‘mid this hullabaloo.
Why is it so bright now? Mommy, is that you?
That squooshed me awful tight! Where am I ? Glad that’s over. Phew!
The first few years are busy, there’s so much to see and do.
Learn to walk, learn to talk, practice “peek-a-boo”.
Teething pain, potty train, then a “terrible two”.
Growing up is strenuous. I need a nap now. Phew!
The days of childhood stretch forever under skies of blue,
With games of ball and shiny bikes and Barbie dolls and “Clue”.
Tricky teachers, mid-term grades, science projects due.
Moving up and growing tall. Barreling headlong! Phew!
Ah!, that teenage drama when emotions tend to spew.
Romance buds (though some are duds), we woo, sometimes to rue.
Spread those wings, try new things. That could kill me? Pooh!
A great big world now opens wide and I’m so ready! Phew!
A decent job pays for a home that’s perfect just for two,
But get that mortgage and big house, ‘cause baby’s coming, too.
A few short years, there’s six to feed, this house is like a zoo!
Can things get any better than this? (I need a nap again.) Phew!
Like peanut butter smashed between the bread, I stick like glue,
And hold us all together. Children. Grandkids. Parents, too.
It’s up, then down, as years fly by, some good, some bad, too few.
Let’s move along, there’s more to do! Stay with me, Jesus. Phew!
Running, running full-out now, the finish line in view.
To run the race and keep the faith, I’ve tried my best to do.
I wonder, as this body yields, how life begins anew...
I’m crossing over, moving up. The light is changing... Wooo !!
A shimmering joy has pierced my deepest part; a song transcends!
The love of saints envelopes me with family and friends.
With clarity of vision I have never known, I see
My Savior striding quickly with his arms outstretched for me!
“You’re home now,” he embraces me. “This welcome’s all for you.”
With sweet relief, I rest within those arms and I sigh, “Phew…”
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