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shiny but scared


Amos the Churchmouse

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes.

shiny but scared

boss we had an interesting

bible study the other day

here in the church pew


a group of us had gathered

together in pastor leroy

beetle s house and he

shared with us some

biblical insights from a

fellow preacher named

chuck swindoll as we went

on a studying safari

through the psalms

our beady little eyes fell

upon verse nine in psalms


we were intrigued by a

strange stroke of the

psalmist s pen -

the sons of ephraim were

archers equipped with bows

yet they turned back in the

day of battle -

we couldn t believe it boss

here these men of ephraim

were adept with bow and

arrow - and not only that -

they had lots of hardware

to handle the enemy s attack

but look at what they did said

pastor leroy on the day of

battle that is the first day

of the fray they turned back

like foxes hunted by hounds

they ran far far away

although they were well-armed

and capable they lacked

steadfastness they were

completely unstable

on the surface they were a

highly polished impressive-

looking rugged company of

muscular men

they were as smooth as a

marine drill team boss

running through the manual

of arms like a fine-tuned

machine no one faulted e

company at inspection

everyone s sandals shone

like polished brass

but underneath the dress-blues

written across their soft

underbelly was a more accurate

description - coward -

the fastest maneuver they ever

accomplished was the waving of

the white flag the only weapon

they used to restrain the enemy

was a cloud of dust as they

retreated - en masse - and

in a hurry

what an indictment - the sons

of ephraim loved memorial day

parades and target practice but

as soon as the going got tough

they ran right out of their shiny

sandals and headed back to the

barracks - they were the

original quitters

pastor leroy paused and looked

into our eyes boss -

ephraimites live on you know

they have invaded our churches

and families our schools and

our jobs and until difficulty

comes along you can t spot them

homes and churches across the

land are haunted by the ghosts

of ephraimites

let s just quit are becoming

household words in our day

but remember says he there s

not an achievement worth

honoring that isn t stained

with the blood of diligence

and etched with the scars of


boss our group made a pledge

if we have to face a difficult

battle in our lives we won t

run we ll stand still and

refuse to retreat

sure it may be tough

nobody ever said the christian

life would be easy god never

promised us a disneyland

but he offers us something

better - his own sustaining

presence and power through

every storm we may encounter



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