I was glad when they called and said to me,
"It's time; let's go up to Jerusalem
To the house of the Lord where we may see
And sing His wonders; in thankful unison."
As a symphony sing, parts joined together
Fitted and formed in compliment, made one--
One family, one house, one heart, one Father!
United by His decree, by His love won.
But this collection of customs, accents, tribes,
Opinions, crowds, the throng, and commotion
The snickering suspicion and dress down jibes?
I might stay home, keep with private devotion.
No. I'll pray, seek the city's peace and rest
Go to God's house, for His sake do my best.
© Randall Edwards 2017