Saturday, July 23, 2016

VESPERS AT THE END OF THE SABBATH: Christian Frogge




There Was Nice Christian Named Frogge
Who Maintained Record Of His Church Life In A Log
He Considered Himself A Great Champion For God
Right There
In Belief Land Creeks And Bogs!

Life Was Good!
Health Was Good!
AND
Since He Had Very Few Chores
He Had Time To Visit The Neighbors 
All Around
AND
Up And Down
Along The Shore!

It Must Be Said
That It Was Because Of These Visits
Door To Door
That He Came To Suspect
That His Simple Church Life
Was Nothing But A Flaming Great Bore!

Christian Frogge 
During His Last Visit
Church Door To Church Door
Caught a Glimpse
A Chance To See
The New Worship
That Was Capturing Everybody!

The New Worship
Was Loud
Exciting
Filled With Broadway Lights
AND
Even Had Something Called
"Test!"
To Test Your Strength Of Will
AND
Your Belief
In The Power And Working Of Almighty God!

NOW ...

Christian Frogge Thought To Himself:

Why Not?!
I Trust In God
So Why Not Show
What I've Got?!
My God Is Real!
His Power Cannot Fail
So When The Church Hot 
Holds Their Next Convocation
I Am Going To Throw In My Lot!

NOW ...

It Must Be Said
That Talk Was Real Hot Around De Town
About The Peddler
The Piper
AND
The Restaurant Chef
Who Were The Powers Behind
The Experiencing God Church!

It Was Said ...

GOSSIP ALERT!!

That Wherever They Opened A Church
Ahem ... Restaurant ...
Cough!
Cough!
The Population In The Particular Bog
Took A Tumbling Fall!

Another NOW Coming Up!

NOW ...

Christian Frogge Had An Aunty Named Pammy
Who Had Been Known
Upon Occasion
To Get Somewhat Scrap Happy!
She Was Old
Because She Was Wise!
She Had Lived Long
Because She Checked The Old Record Book
Which Detailed D. Devil Ish's Deceptions
To Get Meat
For He 5-Star Fr. Ogge Leg Pies!

Aunty Pammy Didn't Hold She Mout'!
She Preach She Sermon
AND
She Let De Trut' Hang Out
AND
Christian Frogge's Long Tongue
Was Stuck Inside
After Hanging Outside
He Big Mout'!

To Ram Home The Truth
Of Her Not Tall Tale
Aunty Pammy Took Christian
To A Beautiful Lily Pad Glade
Owned And Operated
By Detective Angela aka "Angel" Slade
Who Was Tasked With The Task
Of Being The Bogs' Looking Glass
To Warn The Frogge's
When D. Devil Ish
Is On The War Path!

The Schtick That D. Devil Ish Used
Was As Old As Time!
It Held Not A Single Thing New!
He Knew The Frogge People's Greed
AND
He Was Au Fait With Their Cherished Creed!

D. Devil Ish 
Always Told
How He Could Fix Needs
AND
He Offered Something For Nothing
A Light Show
AND
An Experience Like No Other
IF
You Willingly Put Your Toes
In The Soothing Cold Water
In The Vat
Over The Hollow
Operated By Steam-Punk Catattack
A Well-Known Wicked And Shallow Fellow!

With Great Authority
Detective Angel Slade
Takes Up The Tale:

Pied Piper Peter Plays
A Soul-Mesmerizing Tune!

The Peddler
Preaches
About A Cure
For All That Assails
AND
He Offers Up A Solution
That He Says
Can In No Way
Ever Fail!

A Signal Is Transmitted
AND
On Cue
Pied Piper Peter Plays
An Even More Enthrallingly Mesmerizing Tune
AND
Locked Up In The Power
People Like
Ceedee Christian
Whatta Christian
Fansi Christian
Christian N. Deed
AND
Itsa Christian
The Old Stalwarts
Found Their Back Legs
Pushing Off!

Plop!
In The Pot Vat!
The Chef De Partie Donned His Hat!
AND
The Peddler Preacher Feign Kept Selling
Preaching:

This Way Be The Spice
That Ends Your Shallow Existence!

As That Pied Piper Peter
His Thrilling Music Played
Smoke Came Out!
Smoke From Under The Vat Rose Up!
Light Struck Previously Unseen Mirrors!
Anticipating Hearts Thumped
AND
The Party Chef
The Chef De Partie
Tossed Mixed Salts In The Cold Water
AND
A Handful Of Black Pepper 
Woosh!
Up In The Air!

Achoo! Achoo!
Achoo! Achoo Times Two!
Splash!
Bums Up!
Heads Down In Water
Clearing Noses
Washing Eyes
Up For A Breath
AND
Still
Peddlar Preacher Feign Sold His Wares
As Pied Piper Peter Posing Prettily Prettily Played:

Prove Your Faith!
Do Your Battle
Even If Fire Burns At Your Feet!
Win A Victory!
By God
If Your Legs Don't Work
Cut Them Off!
The New Ones To You
Will Be At No Cost!

Bring The Knives!
Play That Mellow Music, Piper!
Keep These Frogge's Looking Alive!

This Is Your Big Test Of Faith!
Remember The Good Book Says
If Your Legs Offend You
READYYYY FOR IT?!
Cut Them OFF!!

It Is Better To Enter The Kingdom 
Maimed
Than To Stand Before God
Whole And Ashamed!

... And That 
Christain Frogge
Is Why You See
These Exhibits Here Box-Framed
As A Cautionary Tale
Not To Follow The Multitude
Purportedly To Test God
AND
Yet And Still Ending Up
Dying In Shame
Robbed Of Your Legs
Your Transport Engine Of Escape!

Cold Water Soothes!
Warm Water Relaxes!
Hot Water Burns!
AND
Boiling Water Kills!

Everything That Glitters Is Not Gold
AND
Things That Seem Wonderfully Thrilling
Can Will Rob You Of Your Very Own Soul!

Trust God At His Word!
Don't Look To The Gospel For Cheap Thrills!
Learn Of 
AND
Know That Truth Completely Fills
AND
Stop Harkening To The Siren's Song
That Assuredly The Carnal Soul Fills!

The Devil
- That Murderer -
Is The Liar
Looking For A Choir Of Voices
To Sing His Rebellious i-Tune!
He Knows That Time Is Late
So Bate And Switch
Is How He Gets Choir Members
To Share His Known Fate!

Take The Time
To Personally Know The Lord
AND
Learn How The Devil 
- Through Deception -
Operates
So That When He Shows Up
He Can't Slow You Up
With Pied Piper Songs
Turning Your Head From God
So That Into Damnation
You'll Fall Headlong!


The Noisy
Shiny
Pretty
Soul-Exciting
Emotional Displays
Of
The Dance-Hall Church
Do Not Make
For A Christ-Committed Christian!

We Are CALLED OUT!!

*********

A Quiet Spirit
Ordered Behavior
Clear Eyes
Steady Legs
Heart Contrite For The Living God
Complete Knowledge Of The Plain Truth
Faith Outside Of Sight
Hope For Heaven
Trust In The Unseen Ever-Present God
And 
A Head Ready To Reason
With The Holy God
Help A Christian To Stay Resolute
So ...
Be Still 
In The Presence Of The Lord
In The Simple Ark Of Safety!