The Living Sermon

Grandpa referred to a book 212 Victory Poems in one of his Christmas sermons. I was able to locate it on Amazon. While thumbing through the book, I stumbled upon a poem which I do believe captures his life. Many people are remembered after their death a bit more kindly than they were thought of during their life. This is not true of Grandpa. He was not faultless as no one is this side of eternity, but he truly lived his beliefs which were captured so well in his ministry. Grandpa was an earnest student of the Word of God which showed in his sermons. His relationship with God was evident in how he conducted himself on a daily basis minute-by-minute.

“The Living Sermon”

I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day,

I’d rather one would walk with me than merely tell the way;

The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear,

Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear;

The best of all preachers are the men who live their creeds,

For to see good put in action is what everybody needs.

I soon can learn to do it, if you’ll let me see it done,

I can watch your hands in action, your tongue too fast may run;

The lectures you deliver may be very wise and true,

But I’d rather get my lessons by observing what you do ;

I may not understand the high advice you give,

But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.