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12 August 2005
  Buttprints in the Sand
A parody.

A post on Preachrblog reminded me of this composition by a friend, the Rev. Steven Hein.* He grants permission to copy.

One night I had a wondrous dream,
One set of footprints there was seen;
Saw footprints of my Lord galore,
But mine were not along the shore.

But then did stranger prints appear.
I asked the Lord, "What have we here?
Those prints are large and round and neat,
But Lord, they are too big for feet."

"My child," said He in somber tone,
"My footprints do you see alone
Where you My promise did believe,
And victories you did receive.

"But when you struggled in My arm,
To live out your own righteous charm,
In your own pow'r you sought to strut,
Well, there I dropped you on your butt.

"As Christian daughter, Christian son,
'Tis true you have a race to run.
That race is only truly won,
When in My arms the work is done.

"When times do come to rise and fight,
To risk the loss, to do the right,
On Christ's strong arms you take your stand,
Or, leave your buttprints in the sand."

Actually, is it possible to parody kitsch?

*Poem was originally attributed to the Rev. Robert Schaibley, from whom this aardvark first received a copy. As noted in the comments, Bob's compatriot Steve Hein actually composed Buttprints and gives permission for its dissemination.
 
Comments:
That's one of the best parodies of that poem that I have yet to read.
 
I love it!

With the author's permission, I
intend to print it off, find someone who does decoupage, and make it into a plaque for my wall!
 
So it was Bob Schaibley! He was a professor of mine at River Forest! Say hi to him, would you?
 
I thought it was Sam Glenn that wrote this poem...
 
It is my creation gentlemen . . . done,however, in the presence of my colleague Robert Schaibley, in our joint office in Colorado Springs some 17 years ago. Dr. Steven Hein. My desire was to turn the prints that really are left in the sand - according to the Theology of the Cross (and the bruises).
 
And you have my permission Bob . . . one of my former students also:-)

 
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