by M. Kenneth Lyon

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How Is It With Your Soul? (3 of 3)
Series: Lessons for Vital Living
M. Kenneth Lyon
Mark 10:17-31
October 19, 1997

I am one of those persons who enjoys really great poetry. Being in the ministry and preparing something to present to a congregation, I have a deep admiration for people who are wordsmiths, that is, people who make their living using words, bringing them together, stringing them together, creating word pictures with them. And I just think poets do that with a gift that is beyond my imagining. I thrill when I read Robert Frost. I thrill when I look at some of the poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. They are such magnificent pieces of art in words. I hope that you enjoy great poetry, but I confess to you too that I enjoy bad poetry - you know, stuff that'd just make you wince. Little limericks. What I have to share with you is not great poetry, but I like it so you get to hear it - if I can hold it far enough away to read it.

There are three tame ducks in my backyard, Dabbling in the mud and trying hard To get their share, and maybe more, Of the overflowing barnyard store; But whenever the free wild ducks go by In a long line streaming down the sky, They cock a wary bewildered eye And flap their wings and try to fly. They're fairly content with the state they're in, But they're not the ducks that they might have been.

I think my soul is a tame old duck Dabbling around in the barnyard muck, Fat and lazy, with useless wings, But sometimes when the north wind sings And the wild ones hurtle overhead, It remembers something lost and dead; And cocks a wary and bewildered eye And makes a feeble attempt to fly, It's fairly content with the state it's in, But it's not the soul it might have been.

How is it with your soul? Is it the soul that might have been? Do you feel that you are growing, becoming? Do you feel the divine pull in your heart and in your life that says to you that God is working still you, God has purpose and intention for yo ...

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