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Ichabod - A Story of Discontent
By Cynthia A. Buhain-Baello
Saturday, May 02, 2009

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Written in verse form, this is a true story of a discontented preacher.

"Whoever loves money, never has money enough; whoever loves wealth, is never satisfied with his income."

Ecclesiastes 5:10

This story's for the humble
And I'll hide identities
For it may make you stumble
To know the realities.

It's about a nice preacher
Of a known denomination
Who aspired to be richer
Through his good congregation.

In a rented house he lived
With his lovely wife and his children
But he wanted to receive
A better blessing from men.

So without much ado
He relayed in his preaching
A new house will do
So increase with your giving.

He said "We'll build a Center
That will then accommodate
Five thousand new members,
And this church will be great.

But before that you must
Build a nice house for me
I hope you will trust
It's for our testimony."

So poured the donations
And the gift offerings
For his house construction
With complete furnishings.

After the house, he needed
A new car for his trips,
So in preaching he related
Added needs in the worship.

"A Crosswind is fine"
Said he to the people,
"It's an Isuzu line
And the price reasonable."

So he got the new wheels
And with peace for a moment,
But the joy that he feels
Soon leads back to discontent.

After a year, a predicament-
Another car he had wanted
Made known his sentiment,
Again the people submitted.

"A Mitsubishi Pajero,
It's the best for our missions
Will you let me know
Your complete contributions."

When the giving was done
And the money was counted,
"For those who gave none
No prayers will be said."

What kind of a shepherd
Will say such a prayer?
From heaven God heard
This very selfish preacher.

After that his own son
Brought sin to the church,
A curse that's undone
Took him down from his perch.

Though he preached with full volume
It was empty of Power
For the God Who consumes
Has abandoned the preacher.

Now five years later
There is still no Center,
Eventually the Rapture
May not carry this preacher.

"Ichabod" - The glory of the Lord has

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Reviewed by kj Force 3/29/2015
Cynthia...well written and I liked the way you proposed the outcome...
"Man being greedy ends up as a needy " God didn't really forsake him, God just rearranged own priorities...hehehhe..
enjoy your day
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/3/2009
Gerat write, Cynthia; well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :D
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 5/3/2009
All we like sheep have gone astray..... man, we are stupid. Thank you for sharing this; better than many a sermon. hugs, J'nia
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 5/3/2009
Wasn't there a preacher that told his congregation that God had told him to ask for is own chauffeured-limousine?
How gullible we are?


Reviewed by Paul Berube 5/2/2009
Good story Cynthia. All too true in too many congregations also. God bless.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 5/2/2009
Great story, those of us who always want will never have enough, this is a great reminder of that!
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