I Knew a Preacher Once

I knew a Preacher once

Who was called of the Lord

To stand in a pulpit

And open up the Word

 

I knew a Preacher once

Who said, “Thus says the Lord.”

His passion was singular

And his allegiance to only One

 

I knew a Preacher once

Who studied relentlessly the Book

Holy Spirit fire in his eyes

When to the Sacred Task he took

 

I knew a Preacher once

Who taught his children at home

To cast all hope upon Christ

And from His pierced side never to roam

 

I knew a Preacher once

Who never coddled sin

But preached Christ crucified

The only hope of men

 

I knew a Preacher once

Betrayed by so-called friends

Because to Scripture alone

His heart and life would bend

 

I knew a Preacher once

Whose anointing grew with age

No jokes or worldly eloquence

Just simple speech of God’s sage

 

I knew a Preacher once

Who sought no fortune or fame

If only I could hear him again

Herald Jesus’ holy name

 

I knew a Preacher once

But O, I dare not be sad

For the blessing was all mine

To call the Preacher, Dad.

 

When my day finally comes

To fly to my heavenly home

The Preacher and I will sing praise

To our God, the Three-in-One!

 

And may those I leave behind say

I knew a Preacher

Once . . .

 

*Dedicated to my hero and still my favorite Preacher:

Don Wilson McWhorter

June 16, 1946 – September 13, 2017

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