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  I Remember You
by Joyce Sterling Scarbrough
Monday, May 14, 2007
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Having survived growing up Baptist in the South, then losing respect for every denomination and all types of organized religion, I have made it back home to the only place that matters--the Everlasting Arms.


I Remember You

 

I remember you, my dearest childhood friend

My confidant, my companion, my protector to the end 

I know you as well as I know my own name

I’m a lot older now, but you’re exactly the same

 

Yours was the hand in mine when I walked alone

The voice that calmed me at the height of the storm

The face I saw when I closed my eyes to pray

The arm around my shoulders at the end of every day

 

I don’t know how or when I lost hold of your hand

And wandered away to follow my own plan

Adrift in a world where so much is wrong

Searching for something I had all along

 

The world’s ugliness and hypocrisy turned me inside myself

I believed in me and mine and doubted everything else

  I thought I was so smart, so gifted, so urbane

So certain that people would someday know my name

 

But something was missing from every small success

I needed to share them with The One who knew me best

I was jaded and bitter, so I had to wonder why

Those childhood songs about you would always make me cry

 

I’m so glad you didn’t forget me while I wandered away

I know how it must hurt you for one of us to stray

Thank you for your patience, your love and your grace

And for welcoming me back into the haven of your embrace

 

Never mind the fancy churches built for vanity’s sake

Or the world’s interpretation of which rules we can break

I found you in the faces of the very young and very old

I found you in my Treasure, more precious to me than gold

 

You were the place in my heart that nothing else could fill

Calling to me from the shadow of a cross on a hill

In a voice I knew well from sweet childhood memories

Telling me in song that Yes, Jesus Loves Me

 

Each line on my face is a lesson I have learned

And I know you’re the prize for which I’ve always yearned

No longer do I wonder what it is that I should do
Everything I need, I find in knowing you




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Reviewed by Walt Hardester 3/13/2013
I lost my faith in organized religion so many years ago. One, because they mostly want money. Secondly, how can someone tell me from the pulpit that what they spout is the truth. It is only their opinion.
I have my own opinions and they are mine alone. I remain very spiritual to this day, but I only do church for weddings and funerals.

Walt
Reviewed by Sylvia Hamilton 6/27/2009
Joyce, this beautiful poem gave me shivers. I have a childhood friend like this so it hit home. Very beautifully said.

Pee Wee
Reviewed by John Domino 11/15/2008
A poem with a heartfilled message.

Jesus is with us all the way.
Amen!
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 2/2/2008
OMG, I wrote of Jesus/ and Of Mary today as well!
This brought tears nonstop to me
your lines so poignant and true
I felt the love return
actually it was only hidden all along!
My dear I'm glad I gravitated to your corner of this den! I will be back again!
Amen! To these wonderful blessings!
Warmed in the Spirit, Warrior Purple Lady Sweet Sheooxoo

STay Positive!
Reviewed by Frances Seymour 11/7/2007
I love it! What a great tribute to all who have wandered away only to return to our first love...Jesus!
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 5/15/2007
A beautiful and very touching write my friend, a wonderful homecoming I am sure was felt in Heaven as you made your way back! Very inspiring! Enjoyed!
Blessings,
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 5/14/2007
A wonderful, spiritual write. Leaving, going full circle, only to return once more.

Be safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 5/14/2007
Joyce, this is what I call beautiful and rewarding to a soul...I loved every line. Thanks for sharing such a heart rendering writing...I feel blessed.
Reviewed by Laura Mayer 5/14/2007
Powerful poem and dedication. Well done!
Hugs, Laura
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