GOD, GIVE US MEN!

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Uncategorized |

GOD, GIVE US MEN!

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This is a photo of my daddy, Marvin Jones and my uncle, Jim Jones. They both served in  the military; one in the Army and one in the Navy. Then Daddy spent his life serving God in the pastorate where he still  ministers. Uncle Jim ranches (still part-time) and spent twelve years in the legislature of Nebraska. They are great examples to all of us of real men. My life is full of such men. We need men like this for our country! This poem seemed appropriate considering that we just had an election and Veteran’s Day! What can we do now that the election is over? I believe that both of the men picture above would urge us to humble ourselves before God and pray. They’ve never given me bad advice yet!

GOD, GIVE US MEN!

GOD, GIVE US MEN! A time like this demands

strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands;

   Men whom the lust of office does not kill;

Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy;

   Men who possess opinions and a will;

Men who have honor; men who will not lie;

Men who can stand before a demagogue

   And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking!

Tall men, sun crowned, who live above the fog

   In public duty and in private thinking;

For while the rabble, with their thumb-worn creeds,

Their large professions and their little deeds,

Mingle in selfish strife, lo! Freedom weeps,

Wrong rules the land and waiting Justice sleeps.

                                       —-Josiah Gilbert Holland

 

 There IS a word in this poem I don’t use, but my daddy taught me to use language appropriately and I believe it is used as such in this context.