Monday, May 12, 2008

Dottie Rambo, 1934 - 2008 (Poem)

Note: Noted gospel singer and composer Dottie Rambo was killed in a bus accident on Sunday, May 11. I don't recall what her singing sounded like, but was blessed by several of the songs she wrote, such as "We Shall Behold Him," "If That Isn't Love," and "Behold the Lamb." For more about her, see Wikipedia's entry about her. One thing that troubles me is all of the dreadful preachers with whom she worked (and one or two good ones). I realize, of course, that she probably worked with hundreds of less-known pastors. We can hope that on average they were better than the ones in Wikipedia's list.

The Lord gave her a song
And another, and a dozen
And a hundred, and yet more--
A never-ending store
Preparing her for heaven
Throughout her whole life long.

Her husband then betrayed her.
He swapped her for her secretary.
Her manager? A thief.
Her trusted help? Same grief.
Her preachers? Friend, be wary.
A greedy pack; both wolf and cur.

And yet she sang of truth.
She praised, with grace and skill
And ever-flowing melody
The unseen One whom she could see
Within her heart, when she was still,
Her precious Savior from her youth.

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