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Author Name: Freezeric64 2 Comments
Date Added: June 27, 2004 00:06:59 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Baptist Men's Day
Once a year in churches, at least in the Southeast




The ladies rest and watch the men




It starts with a morning feast




Runny grits and rock-hard eggs




Hash brown potatoes a bit too gray




Burnt toast and doughy biscuits




But the bacon is perfect and the ham is the best




Link and patty sausage a bit too cooked, but




The redeye gravy could win a prize




Everyone stands in line while the men serve the food




Brother Frank at the front of the line, several times




The oldest deacon then prays




Families sit together, while children giggle




“It’s not really church yet, can we go outside and play?”




Watching the cleanup is comedy in motion




Thanks to Heaven for paper plates, and plastic forks and cups




Sunday School is normal, but worship service is not




Then men run the program-though scripted, things happen




First the usual prayers and songs




Only men in the choir




Then the pulpit goes to the men




Dedications from sons to fathers, and some to brothers




The oldest man there is recognized, and the youngest




The men away in the service are remembered




A trio takes the stage: Grandfather, Father, and Son




Singing the same hymns we sing every Sunday




Some of the worst singing ever heard




Next it is the schoolboy with a trumpet or sax




He’s been playing almost 6 months




Now it is the Preacher’s turn




A long sermon while we sit and listen and




Look around to see who lost the fight with sleep




5 minutes before Noon, the invitational hymn




A rededication of life, and a new member to the church




Then we all go home




Probably still the same, these days




(I have not seen this thing in years)




Tell me.......




If the breakfast is so bland




And the singing so bad




Why do I miss it so much?




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Comment By: PremiumMary Lou Allen on July 5, 2004 11:31:47 PM Report
It's the hymns, brother Eric. Bad as the singing was, the hymns were hypnotic--especially at Wednesday night prayer service. I still miss it too. This is good work. I felt I was right in the middle of it. Thanks for a sentimental journey. ML
Comment By: FreeCorina on June 27, 2004 11:01:01 AM Report
Beautiful....and very smart write.

Corina




 


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