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I RAISE MINE EBENEZER

I RAISE MINE EBENEZER*

 

What monument will you bring

Home to Christ the King…

Be it gold

Or words untold,

Or a salvation song to sing?

Will He take the trouble

To accept wood or stubble…**

That will expire

In fire,

Leaving you burnt-up rubble?

Heavenly gold is found

In souls all around…

Believers must

Help them to trust

In Son of God’s safer ground.

The Apostle Paul’s testament***

Were the ones to whom he was sent…

By Spirit’s call

Preaching Christ, Lord of all,

Discipling as he went.

Except for our mortal chains, we

Cannot aim for higher than he…

Who poured his life

Out in spiritual strife,

Saving souls for eternity!

 

–Jonathan Caswell

* Ebenezer…a monument of remembrance (see 1 Samuel 7:12 )

** wood…stubble:  1st Corinthians 3:12

***AUTHOR’S NOTE:  Maybe the Poet got his meanings fouled up…this poem seems more in line with 1st Corinthians, than 1st Samuel!  But Paul did call, in 2nd Corinthians 3:1-3, the churches he discipled for Christ his own references in regard to his own work for Christ’s Gospel.   —J.E.C.