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Her Old Rocker

by louis gander  
11/28/2013 / Family

I quietly sat in her rocker -
a squeaky and rickety chair.
With paint almost gone, it had weathered -
but no, I did not even care.

The folks in the yard were all browsing.
The yard sale was going quite well.
As people were browsing the items,
a man came and asked if I'd sell.

He asked if I'd sell her old rocker.
He asked me what I'd sell it for.
He gave a most generous offer -
then said he could pay a bit more.

I answered, "Her chair's not for sale.
My grandmother used it alot.
She held me as we both rocked gently
right here in this very same spot.

I turned back the years to my childhood -
It seemed it was just yesterday.
Through planting and summer and harvest,
she whispered in music this way,

I love you just like Jesus loves you.
I'll hold you as long as I live.
And if you have faith in me darling,
I promise to always forgive.

The man smiled sincerely and stated,
"I can't afford one quite like that.
Your rocker there surely is priceless"
then left with a tip of his hat.

I smiled yet my eyes became watered -
as visions of grandma came back.
She sat in this very same rocker -
when she had her last heart attack.

In Heaven she has a new rocker -
without all the paint worn away.
She holds a young child without mother
and whispers the very same way...

"She loves you just like Jesus loves you.
Regretting her choice, she'd relive.
But pray that she's trusting the Father -
He's faithful and sure to forgive."

I quietly sat in her rocker -
a squeaky and rickety chair.
With paint almost gone, it had weathered -
but no, I did not even care.

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