We are looking for inspiring stories, to encourage our readers. Tell us about a special holiday memory that you have, or about how you give generously to others during the Christmas season, or how someone has generously given to you. I encourage you to be creative by writing a story or possibly a poem. Send us your contribution, along with a picture of yourself, to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 27, 2017. You could be featured in our January, 2018 edition of Just Saying!
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Alan Morissette responded to the challenge from last month’s Just Saying wants to hear from you…
Here is a favourite Poem of Alan Morissette, written by George Herbert.
When God at first made man,
Having a glass of blessings standing by,
“Let us,” said he, “pour on him all we can.
Let the world’s riches, which dispersèd lie,
Contract into a span.”
So strength first made a way;
Then beauty flowed, then wisdom, honour, pleasure.
When almost all was out, God made a stay,
Perceiving that, alone of all his treasure,
Rest in the bottom lay.
“For if I should,” said he,
“Bestow this jewel also on my creature,
He would adore my gifts instead of me,
And rest in Nature, not the God of Nature;
So both should losers be.
“Yet let him keep the rest,
But keep them with repining restlessness;
Let him be rich and weary, that at least,
If goodness lead him not, yet weariness
May toss him to my breast.”