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Sundy dinner–after church–

Our church and theirs…

Mom and Dad would

Wholesome goodness prepare.

Mom would help Dad with services

For patients on the hill…

My brother and I walked down

To the Methodist Church by our parents’ will.

Sunday School then the service,

Early service sometimes as well….

Four years apart were we brothers,

Each with experiences, do tell.

We’d walk back “up the mountain”

Or ride our bikes (or try)…

Depending on which route was taken,

We’d  get back for dinner and pie!

–Jonathan Caswell



He’d like to participate

But has too much on his plate…

Gone are days

For him to praise

God for a leader’s fate.

He’s not on the church ballot,

It’s been so many years…

He doesn’t teach Sunday School anymore

But those who do, he cheers.

In worship, he leads the singing,

Of hymns old and true…

He leads without accompaniment:

Something not all can do.

He’s proved himself unreliable

For much of anything else…

He prays and sings, a few other things,

No major stuff under his belt.


That he needs help with right now…

His primary ministry–to his wife–

To love her more, somehow.

The Lord has promised good to him,*

His hope and love secure…

God will his shield and portion be

As long as life endures.

–Jonathan Caswell

* a slight rewrite of a verse in AMAZING GRACE!




February fourteenth of this year,

A reminder of our life-time cheer…

Twenty-six years we’ve stayed

Since the first exchange was made,

For since then we’ve become very dear!

In the year nineteen eighty-eight,

My prospects for love weren’t great…

Then out of the blue

She wrote to you-know-who,

The first step in finding God’s mate.

My Prayer Letter found her just fine,

I was a Missionary at the time…

The suggestion was strong

From my blind date (that bombed),

She wrote after proper prayer time.

By March twenty-seventh, that year,

We met with Sunday School cheer…

She liked who she saw,

He was handsome and tall–

They were engaged by May third, same year!

A year and a month to the day

Later, both families could say…

Related by marriage

Cannot be disparaged,

Now that these two are on their way.


–Jonathan Caswell