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Topic: STIR (11/12/15)
TITLE: To Stirup or To Stirround
By Diane M. Bowman
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Stanley Stirup and Sylvester Stirround
Lived side by side in the same little town.
While Stanley spent his days in stirring up,
Self-seeking Sylvester just stirred around.
When Susie Saint sunk into a scandal,
Stanley sought to set her free, quietly.
But Sylvester smeared mud like a vandal -
Causing more harm than Susie could handle.
As Susie sadly slunk away in shame,
Sylvester Stirround grew and grew in fame.
But no one trusted the selfish, mean man.
They knew their characters, too, were fair game.
Only Stanley dared to seek out Susie
And humbly, kindly, begged her to return.
The townspeople claimed they must be choosey
And jeering, they called her names like 'Floozy.'
But when revival came to that small town,
Selfish Sylvester turned his life around.
He swiftly joined Stanley in stirring up
'Til everyone met gossip with a frown.
When sorrowful Susie at last returned,
It was with head bent low, steeled for a blow,
Until she discovered a new fire burned
In the people by whom she'd once been spurned.
Today, strangers who come to that small town,
Find peace, joy, and love scattered all around.
And its visitors often freely say,
"This town has by God's own Spirit been crowned."
Where there is no wood, a fire goes out, and where there is no gossip, contention ceases. Like charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious person to kindle strife.
(Proverbs 26:20-22 NET)
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
(Hebrews 10:24 KJV)
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