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amos on consolation


amos the churchmouse:

a view from under the pew

Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation.

amos on consolation

i noticed sammy

salamander sitting

on a stump all by himself

one day looking so forlorn

and being the psychological

sort of mouse that i am

i decided to observe animal

nature at its best consoling

its fellow animalkind

sally spider was the first to

wander past sammy who was

noticeably groaning by now

hey sammy - what s the

matter - what happened

question mark here boss

it s probably one of the

greatest tragedies of my life

so far sammy said i m still

just sorta stunned you know

wow - you look like you lost

your best friend sammy

i did sammy nodded petey

the pollywog died

pollywog - yuck - sally said

and hurried away on all eight

of her legs

a dismayed sammy looked

down at the ground - which

wasn t that far away - and

moaned we were as close as

salamanders and frogs could be

about then louie the songdog

happily padded by - hallelujah

brother praise the lord - hey what s

this down-in-the-mouth trick

well you see sammy started to

explain my best friend petey

the pollywog died

but louie didn t hear boss

he was on a ministerial roll

well don t you worry about

that he said if he s washed

in the fountain he ll be

swimming down the streets

of gold in frog heaven but

you boy don t you know a

christian ought to be happy -

happy happy happy - now you

need to get the ol joy back in

again - let s see the ol smileroo

sammy tried to smile but it

just wasn t working boss

then sammy noticed freddie

flea who had quietly hopped

over to sammy s stump

freddie you look sad - what

happened to you

somebody close to me died

last night freddie said it s just

so hard for me to understand

why does god allow things

like that to happen

i don t know freddie

sammy said

something like that just

happened to me i sorta

know how you feel

it hurts pretty bad doesn t it

yeah it sure does freddie said

and they both sat there in

silence pondering and feeling

one another s pain boss

i guess we re feeling a

little like how god may

have felt when

jesus died on the cross

sammy said thoughtfully

yeah i guess you re right

i hadn t thought about that -

thanks sammy

yeah i feel a little better myself

thanks freddie

sometimes boss we don t

really know how to minister

to one another - all it takes is

a little understanding and

compassion - just a

willingness to weep with

those who weep



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