Don’t Just Buy a Poppy, Lend a Hand…




In Flander's Fields the poppies grow,
Between the crosses, row on row,"
A flower that reminds us, it is said,
To memorialize our honored dead.

They actually are sold on behalf of those returned,
Who also our deepest gratitude have earned;
Some, broken in their body, with valiant spirit live.
They deserve all the honor that the U.S.A. can give!

And though there's only room on your lapel for just one,
Buy a bouquet in memory of some grieving Mother's son,
Who lies among those "crosses, standing row upon row."
It's a very small way your gratitude to show.

Buy in honor of those who served by their side.
In combat, they weren't just along "for the ride."
What happened to one, happened to them all;
As they, too, without a thought answered duty's call.

So, don't just wear a poppy there in your lapel.
Do everything you can to lend a hand, as well.
If they can't pay their bills, the bank doesn't care,
They'll foreclose on our soldiers; even, over there.

Lend them a hand, they don't want a hand-out.
Use your influence to help bring things about.
Extend opportunities, they'll do their very best,
With a rolling start they can handle all the rest.

"Cast thy bread on the waters:" is what the Bible says,
"For thou shalt find it (again)after many days.
Give a portion to seven, and also to eight;
For thou knowest not what evil" does await.

The "bread" is your wealth with which God has blessed.
"Casting" is giving; and the "waters," mankind in stress.
Give generously your "portion," and not just to a few.
"Finding it again" is the satisfaction felt by you.

Don't forget to "cast" about the Bread sent down from Heaven.
Whose death on that Cross, was our sin payment given.
When a soldier receives Christ and Heaven's eternally his home,
He can find true spiritual comfort when the evil days are come.

Let's be considerate of their sorrow, on this Memorial Day;
As among the crosses, their own wreaths they lay.
Give honor to them for what they have gone through,
To preserve our nation free for us, and for our families, too.

"Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. (2) Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth." Ecclesiastes 11:1-2

By: Marjorie A. Younce

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