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"The Fence or The Ambulance"


‘Twas a dangerous cliff, as they freely confessed,
Though to walk near its crest was so pleasant:
But over its terrible edge there had slipped
A duke and many a peasant;
So the people said something would have to be done.
But their projects did not at all tally:
Some said, "Put a fence around the edge of the cliff"
Some, "An ambulance down in the valley."

But the cry for the ambulance carried the day.
For it spread to the neighboring city:
A fence may be useful or not, it is true,
But each heart became brimful of pity
For those who had slipped o’er that dangerous cliff,
And the dwellers in highway and alley
Gave pounds or gave pence, not to put up a fence,
But an ambulance down in the valley.

"For the cliff is alright if your careful," they said,
"and if folks even slip or are dropping,
it isn't the slipping that hurts them so much
as the shock down below-when they're stopping,"
So day after day when these mishaps occurred,
Quick forth would the rescuers sally
To pick up the victims who fell off the cliff,
With their ambulance down in the valley.

Then an old man remarked, "it's a marvel to me
that people give far more attention
to repairing results than to stopping the cause,
when they'd much better aim at prevention.
Let us stop at its source all this mischief, cried he.
"Come neighbors and freinds, let us rally :
If the cliff we will fence, we might almost dispense
with the ambulance down in the valley."

"Oh, he's a fanatic." the others rejoined:
"dispense with the ambulance Never!
He'd dispense with all charities, too, if he could:
no, no! We'll support them forever.
Aren't we picking up folks just as fast as they fall?
And shall this man dictate to us? Shall he?
Why would people of sense stop to put up a fence?
While their ambulance works in the valley?"

But a sensible few who are practical too,
Will not bear with such nonsense much longer
They believe that prevention is better than cure
And their party will soon be the stronger
Encourage them, then with your purse, voice and pen
And (while other philanthropists dally)
They will scorn all pretense, and put up a stout fence
On the cliff that hangs over the valley.

by

Joseph Malines


Monthly Devotion

WARNING: TO ALL UNSAVED
AND CHRISTIANS

THE LORD IS COMING!

BE READY WHO SAID SO? BE READY
CHRIST Himself - “… I will come again…” John 14:3
ANGELS said it - “ This same Jesus shall … come in
like manner…” Acts 1:11
PAUL taught it - “..the Lord himself shall descend from
heaven…” I Thess.4:16

HE IS COMING QUICKLY
God’s Word closes with this three-fold message to all
(Rev.22:7,12,20)
“Behold, I come quickly:”
“Behold, I come quickly;”
“Surely I come quickly.”

HE IS COMING SUDDENLY
For some - “...as a thief in the night.” I Thess.5:2
For others- “Lest coming suddenly he find you
sleeping.” Mark 13:36
For all (the saved) - “… in the twinkling of an eye…”
I Cor.15:52

HE IS COMING FOR HIS OWN
I Thess.4:16,17 - “… a shout… the voice.. The trump
of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise
first: Then we which are alive and remain
shall be caught up together… to meet the
Lord in the air…”
Phil.3:21 - “...shall change our vile body… like unto
his glorious body…”
I John 3:2 - “… we shall be like him; for we shall see him
as he is.”

HE WANTS YOU TO BE READY!
Mark 13:33 - “Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not
when the time is.”

Missionary of the Month

Josh & Meagan Sullivan

South Africa