In response to this January 23, 2021 article “I wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then” by Andrew W. Coy, of the American Thinker website, I feel called to republish this 2006 Word:
Over on Mayberry Rd, the Houses look bigger still
Over on Mayberry Rd, the houses are awfully built.
The sun never shines on Mayberry Road, the bottles
Of wine stay musty and old. If the story were totally told,
The people would whine and the drunks they would dine
On stale beer and pretzels, cheap bread, and cheap wine.
The world is satisfied with only a bit
of the rays of the Son shining down on it.
The world is never satisfied by all that it craves
The world will soon be in terror over the Ancient of Days.
For the new wine I am pouring and the
Prophets will be soaring on wings of The Eagle and the song of the Dove.
The heavens are ready and waiting this hour
When the Mighty One rends the heavens and pours out HIS power.
What will you do, oh seed of man when you see the Truth ?
Will you lie in the gutter and spit at Him now ?
Will you anger the Son, in the midst of the fray,
Or will you bow down your knees to a brand new day ?
There is no room for doubt and wavering
His presence you must be truly savoring
To now turn aside from the din and the hum of all things
beautiful on earth and listen to the sound of His drum.
No worldly state can compare to the air when it’s full of His presence
And teetering on the brink of a new existence !
Don’t hide now sons and daughters in the hills and the caves
They never will protect you from the road He paves.
He’s coming in power to be the MAN of this hour.
No pretense will stand when He reveals the sons of man.
Come and bow down to the Holy King of Kings
For on His fingers He bears a ring that stings.
Warnings have been sounded and the waves they do roar
The people will not tremble so He comes as they snore.
Oil in their lamps they have not kept.
They’ve bent down their knees to power and contempt.
For all things bright and beautiful in this world will fade dim
The judgments on earth will make life seem to wear thin.
Come along My beloveds, for I am ringing the bells
For on the wings of angels the plans He tells
I‘ve come to find faith in the remnant I keep.
Won’t you come and find shelter in the Heart that is deep ?
The LORD will be awesome and the sons they will shine !
But the cost will be awful, and mankind they will pine .
Lay down your cares and consider the times.
For the end comes quickly now, can’t you see the signs ?
Hide in My shadow and sing Me a song.
I will protect you from the burdening throng.
My face is uncovering the daughters of men
My presence is empowering the writings of the pen.
Launch out in the deep, for your heart I will keep !
I am love and I’m laughter , I’m peace forever-after.
I’m holy and righteous and near to the sons of My heart.
I’m always looking for the one who blesses that part,
Of My house that is not kept in the strictest of order.
For I am erasing the walls that have kept up a border.
I am healing and saving the sons of men,
I’m releasing and imparting and loosing them from the den,
Of iniquities and unbelief, of doubt and skepticism.
Of sickness and malady, of infirmity and brutal criticism.
I’m LIFE and I’m LOVE, I’m eternal forgiveness !
To the one whose heart moves at the stir of My PRESENCE !
Mayberry R.F.D. — may represent living in the past/ and traditions of men.
“Step back to a simpler time when you visit Mount Airy. Actor Andy Griffith grew up here, and it’s no coincidence that a stroll down Main Street in the “Friendly City” reminds people of the town of Mayberry on the endearing and enduringly popular ‘60s hit TV series. Fans of The Andy Griffith Show can visit Floyd’s City Barber Shop, the Old Mayberry Jail, Snappy Lunch, and even Andy’s childhood home. And you’ll be sure to relish the generous and caring spirit that you encounter wherever you go.” (©mainoakemporium.com article: “Welcome to Mount Airy”)
First published: January 13, 2006.
~ Priscilla Van Sutphin
PRISCILLA VAN SUTPHIN is the founder of Upstream Ministries, California, online at www.upstreamca.org and blogtalkradio.com/ Upstream. Donate to Upstream: via secure Paypal by sending as gift to upstream.ca @me.com or send to: Upstream, PMB 545, 14311 Newport Blvd, Suite G, Tustin, CA 9278, USA.