The Ambulance Down in the Valley

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I haven't realized how long it has been since I've posted. I've been really busy with school.

My mother and have started a Bright Lights group, Bright stands for Being Radiant In Godliness, Holiness and Testimony. Sarah Mally started her group in 1996, you can read the story here.
We've been listening to Sarah Mally's Bright Light leader's training CDs and there was a poem that she read that I really liked. She contrasted this poem to the dangers of dating.

'Twas a dangerous cliff, as they freely confessed,
Though to walk near its crest was so pleasant;
But over its terrible edge there had slipped
A duke and full many a peasant.

So the people said something would have to be done,
But their projects did not at all tally;
Some said, "Put a fence 'round the edge of the cliff,"
Some, "An ambulance down in the valley."

But the cry for the ambulance carried the day,
For it spread through the neighboring city;
A fence may be useful or not, it is true,
But each heart became full of pity
For those who slipped over the dangerous cliff;

And the dwellers in highway and alley
Gave pounds and gave pence, not to put up a fence,
But an ambulance down in the valley.

"For the cliff is all right, if you're careful," they said,
"And, if folks even slip and are dropping,
It isn't the slipping that hurts them so much
As the shock down below when they're stopping."

So day after day, as these mishaps occurred,
Quick forth would those rescuers sally
To pick up the victims who fell off the cliff,
With their ambulance down in the valley.

Then an old sage remarked: "It's a marvel to me
That people give far more attention
To repairing results than to stopping the cause,
When they'd much better aim at prevention.

Let us stop at its source all this mischief," cried he,
"Come, neighbors and friends, let us rally;
If the cliff we will fence, we might almost dispense
With the ambulance down in the valley."

The sensible few, who are practical too,
Will not bear with such nonsense much longer;
They believe that prevention is better than cure,
And their party will soon be the stronger.

Better guide well the young than reclaim them when old,
For the voice of true wisdom is calling.
"To rescue the fallen is good, but 'tis best
To prevent other people from falling."

Better close up the source of temptation and crime
Than deliver from dungeon or galley;
Better put a strong fence 'round the top of the cliff
Than an ambulance down in the valley.

-- Joseph Malins (1895)

What do you think? What are your views on courtship?

God Bless,
Jill


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I am 15 years old and a daughter of The Most High and I want to glorify the Lord in everything I do, as a daughter to the best mother ever and as friend to the most awesome friends on the planet. A few of my many obsessions include reading extensively, anything and everything British, talking (especially with a British accent), The Scarlet Pimpernel, costume reproduction and musical theatre. I blog about my life,books and lots of other random stuff. I hope you enjoy this blog. God Bless. Jill B

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