Photograph by Dianna Kenobbie Diehm
This is my favorite picture of the old country church
It didn’t look much better in it’s day.
It was a real good place for those who came to search
For their Higher Power and to pray
We sang Amazing Grace and It is well with my soul
In the Garden was my Grandma’s favorite hymn
We saw babies being baptized and had widows to console
But mostly I liked watching Grandpa Jim
When they passed the communion wafers he was whittling
Grandma elbowed him really good in his side
He threw his offering in with the wafers. It was piddling.
I think that second elbow hurt his pride
Those quarters in the wafer plate made a lot of noise
Grandpa didn’t get a wafer for his wine.
I know whittling on a stick is something he enjoys
Grandma thinks a knife in church is out of line
Once she took his stick away and he fell sound asleep
Soon everyone in church could hear him snore
The elbow in his side went in pretty deep
Grandpa yelled “Judas Priest!” and he was done for
You might think our bell and steeple are too large
or the church it sits on top of is too wide
Grandpa rings the bell now. He’s happily in charge
Because Grandma and her elbow stay inside
Thank you cousin Bobby. It was fun to write!