The Rag and Bone Man stopped by last week to see if I had anything that needed salvaging.
Thinking for a moment I pointed to the locality of my careworn soul.
He said it seemed to him that I needed to find Jesus.
I told him I’d already tried by looking behind the couch and inside the cutlery drawer under the spare bed and in my grandmother’s antique silky oak dresser the one with the oval mirror but that this Jesus fellow was as slippery as a fox.
I told him how old mate who lived next door had insisted to me Jesus was hiding up in his roof cavity eating devilled ham sandwiches and playing Solitaire so I took a quick peek through the manhole but all I could see in the dimly lit space was an Ace of Spades and two field mice come in from the cold nibbling on a crust of bread.
The Rag and Bone Man told me how he had once hunted treasure at the bottom of the deepest blue and it was as close to a spiritual awakening as he was ever gonna have but that it was lonely down there with just fish and kelp for company and he never did find any treasure just the rib cages of fallen whales the bones as smooth as glass and how his dreams echoed with the haunting songs of grieving humpbacks.
I watched the scrap man as he walked away his wagon pulled behind him a small brass crucifix from my grandmother’s dresser placed atop his load exchanged for five dollars and a silent prayer figuring that the salvage man could do with some salvation because I was bound to find Jesus hidden inside my tea canister or on the right side top shelf of the musty linen closet any old day now
His crucifixion led to restoration of the broken relation between mankind and God to find eternal liberation and give back autorization - through the Spirit - to every born again; a FREE gift from God available for every soul in each and every nation to have eternal salvation ...
This is a song by Charles H. Gabriel and Jessie Brown Pounds. (I haven't even edited it- I take no credit!) I thought it was too beautiful to just leave it alone in the antique hymnal I found it in! #song#salvation#dream#sapphire#warrior