The Greeley Grizzler
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“The Greeley Grizzler”
Since: Jul 11
#1 Aug 2, 2012
The other day my youngest stoped by let's just call him The Junior Grizzler. Junior had been going through some old school things and had run across something that was interesting on a number of levels.
Junior had found the book "Jesus and the Twelve" which was handed out the night before his Public High School Graduation at his Baccalaureate back in the 70's. In fact his class was the last year the Greeley Public High Schools ever had a Baccalaureate.
You see a Baccalaureate is (or I should say was) a time before Graduation when a Minister would come and give a Sermon calling upon the students to strive for higher ground. The Sermon would always be followed by a prayer and a call for students to improve their world upon Graduation.
The fact that Junior's was the last one ever held is interesting (but not surprising) in and of itself, yet upon digging deeper into the text of the book two more points of interest arose; The first being that six major business' had listed their names along with Graduation Congratulations. the second was the prayer at the back of the book which was taken from an old Hymn written by Frederick John Gillman (1866-1949) entitled; "God Send Us Men".
God send us men whose aim t'will be,
Not to defend some ancient creed,
But to live out the laws of Right
In every tho't and word and deed.
God send us men alert and quick
His lofty precepts to translate,
Until laws of Right become
The laws and habits of the State.
God send us men of steadfast will
Patient, courageous, strong and true;
With vision clear and mind equipped,
His will to learn, His work to do.
God send us men with hearts ablaze,
All truth to love, all wrong to hate;
These are the patriots nations need,
These are the bulwarks of the State.
At this point I make known to you that I cannot support either Presidetial candidate. Nor would I support a Hillary or any other candidate provided by the present pool of choices. In the days of The Old Book when the people finally reached their wits end and admited that they had no idea what to do; They turned to the Almighty and asked for a Deliverer. Sometimes in the form of Leaders, other times it was Judges and later Kings.
Above all was that they asked the Almighty for His Deliverer not one of their own making but one of Devine choosing.
Juniors book reminded me of a time when two men where placed before the people and the people were asked which one they wanted spared. The people chose the lesser of the two and that's what we've been getting ever since. Perhaps it's time WE prayed for a Deliverer.
That's my opinion and you're entitled to it.
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