RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:
With a View of Two Significant Dates,
and a Solemn Warning from Scripture,
by Ronald Ginther
passed to Glory April 30, 1911;
her Gr-Granddaughter Pearl Stadem Ginther
passed to Glory April 30, 2011
born Sept. 13, 1909
and awesome,O, Lord!
How you orchestrate our lives--
so that they harmonize and perfectly accord!
One hundred years exactly between the dates
in our count--
O! to You, Master Weaver of Destiny,
our praises forever mount!
Also, that You should advance Pearl so long
--and she still be loving everyone
and counselling wiser than any sage.
With a spirit so indomitable, too,
at 100 she could take a glider flight,
yet be calm enough to nap at 4,000 feet,
not sit stiff in the cockpit with fright!
If WE should ever aspire
to the same height of achievements as these,
perhaps we need to cultivate as she did
the Almighty who has all power
and who performs miraculous feats,
and who entrusts His true saints
with His glorious Kingdom's keys.
Lastly, mark this:
Oline and Gr-Granddaughter Pearl
passed from this earth in the Spring,
which season points to a Promise
What will now transpire
among the Stadem Descendents
in the Great Weaver's Design?
Do you know? Do you see it?
Truly? Or have the eyes of your spirit
grown dim with cataracts?
Or like fishes in deep, dark cavern waters
living all their lives underground
--where you born blind?
Christ spoke of those who claim
to have eyes and to see,
yet are sightless guides and
foolish as can be.
So those who follow such are led
stumbling into a deep ditch,
it is to hell that their followers are led!
We cannot be sure any born Stadem
however good they were, or lived well,
will make it happily to heaven.
But we can be sure those born
again by the Spirit will,
and not be cast out like old leaven.
Without the Spirit Life born in them,
multitudes of good, decent people tramp
heedlessly to their doom, their fate woven midnight-black
in the Master Weaver's loom.
Hear their awful shout as they finally realize their fate?
All their lives they told God, "Wait!
You see, I've got other things to do
than listen to You!"
leave their Company for God's grace alone
while you are still called out, and there's still living flesh
on your bone!
For Divine Judgment's great millstone grinds slowly,
but every unredeemed son and daughter, surely,
of fallen Adam and Eve,
all their good deeds and works
go absolutely for naught;
they're all ground to powder, Good M'am, Good Sir,
the souls and their life works,
good for nothing but to be cast away--
that is what the Holy Scriptures say.