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The Silent Plea of Every Heart

 By Marion Jones Scroggins

Dedication

I would like to dedicate this book of poems to someone who has encouraged me in my poetry writing more that anyone else --- my sweet friend, Mary Lou McGahagin. She was enthusiastic about my poems long before an editor accepted one for publication. She rejoiced with me when my poems were published. She brought me information I needed to have this book printed. To Mary Lou, and to everyone who ever complimented a poem of mine, I want to say a heart-felt "Thank You!"

----Marion Jones Scroggins - May 21, 1991

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Contents

Kindness

The Tyranny of the Tongue

A Happy Marriage

What My Sons Taught Me About Perseverance

The Quilts My Mother Made For Me

Don't Give Up

My Beloved Friends

Love Strengthens Us

The Silent Plea of Every Heart

Perfection

Published by IN HIS STEPS PUBLISHING COMPANY, 102 Demetree Road, Warner Robins, GA 31093

Copyright 1991 by Marion Jones Scroggins - All Rights Reserved! ISBN 0-938645-53-6

Marion Jones Scroggins was born in Taylor County GA in 1936, the daughter of Henley Grady Jones and Oleta Barfield Jones. She grew up in Thomaston (Upson County) GA and attended R.E. Lee High School. She married LJ Scroggins in 1955; they made their home in Warner Robins, GA and had two sons. Her poems were published in regional and national magazines. She departed this world 28-July-1992.

Mom, we love you. --Steve Scroggins


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Kindness

By Marion Jones Scroggins, May 18, 1986

I believe in kindness,

It's Satan's worst foe!

It illuminates our blindness--

Christ lived it long ago.

It isn't a vague feeling

That we have, and then forget;

Kindness is love revealing

Itself in words and sweat!

Kindness soothes our grief and pain,

We need it from our birth;

It nourishes like a gentle rain

Upon a thirsty earth.

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The Tyranny of the Tongue

By Marion Jones Scroggins - June 30, 1985

Young mothers, be careful of what you say,

Your children's characters are forming today.

Fathers, be mindful of the harm you can do,

When unformed self-images are listening to you.

How often we manipulate, hurt and destroy,

If we use a tongue as though it's a toy.

Satan laughs if we wound a friend,

With an envious barb, concealed by a grin.

As decay to maggots, and garbage to flies,

Are suspicious minds to gossipers' lies!

So tongues, like guns, are deadly when aimed,

And need to be guarded, guided and tamed!

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A Happy Marriage

By Marion Jones Scroggins - January 5, 1986

Our marriage had lasted

For thirty years,

With very few arguments

And very few tears.

Each morning he brings me

Coffee in bed;

I love him more

Than when we wed!

The secrets are tolerance,

And acceptance of each;

With no need to nag,

And no need to preach,

We're not too proud

To apologize,

Or forgive each other

With love in our eyes.

When I thank God

For His blessings each day,

I thank Him most

For my husband L.J.!

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What My Sons Taught Me About Perseverance

By Marion Jones Scroggins - December 6, 1986

God has blessed me with two special boys,

Who quickly outgrew all of their toys.

Early, I saw their will to win --

Their wish to accomplish before they were men.

Whatever the task, they used all their strength,

They swam over obstacles, when others would sink!

Steve, with asthma, made the football team;

John was a store-manager at seventeen!

Now Steve has earned a Master's Degree,

And John mastered a skill that earns a fine fee!

I have the blessed chance to see

That perseverance and worthy ambition

Bring childhood dreams to full fruition!

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The Quilts My Mother Made For Me

By Marion Jones Scroggins - May 5, 1986

My mother is an artist at making quilts with love;

The hours she has sewn on them is only known above!

She gives them all to loved ones,

I know she's given me seven!

How many stitches she has sewn

Is known by God in Heaven!

She's wrought such beautiful patterns,

Such as "Colonial Girl," and "Cathedral" --

Like a Kaleidoscope of color,

Sewn with a creator's needle.

"You could sell them at a craft show,"

To her I've often said;

But, I agree, they're much too nice

To grace a stranger's bed!

Her quilts are precious gifts of love

That only she can give.

I'll treasure each and every one,

For as long as I may live!

{Photo of quilts coming soon...--ss}

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Don't Give Up

By Marion Jones Scroggins - December 4, 1986

If you're so depressed you want to die,

Don't give up!

If God doesn't seem to hear your cry,

Don't give up!

Hang on, if only by a thread,

Christ wore thorns upon His head!

He was willing to suffer pain,

Who are we to pout at rain?

He died willingly for our sin,

So that even our death will have an end!

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My Beloved Friends

By Marion Jones Scroggins - May 26, 1986

Friends have helped me all through the years,

And stood by my side, through laughter and tears.

I have quiet friends, who are helpful and dear,

For lending a much-needed sympathetic ear. (Marvell)

I have talkative ones who brighten my day,

And help by bringing their wisdom my way. (Gerry)

I have witty ones who make me laugh--

Just listening to them cuts my troubles in half. (Mary Lou)

I have friends who keep in touch by letters--

Their friendships are comforting as cashmere sweaters. (Mr. Woodall and Leila)

I have prayer-warrior friends who I ask to pray,

That God will send His mercy my way. (Claudell, Dot and Elaine)

I have friends who need my help,

And cause me to go another step

In finding fulfillment, as I fill a need,

Lighten a burden, or sew a faith-seed!

I need them all, and I love each one,

But God topped them all with Friend, Jesus, His Son!

 

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Love Strengthens Us

By Marion Jones Scroggins - April 10, 1986

Dear Husband, as I look at you

While you're sleeping tonight -

I feel gratitude,

And weep tears of delight!

Because we're close

After all our years

Of laughter and fights,

Affection and fears.

When one of us is alone and old,

Our memories will make us

Fearless and bold!

We can face death,

Grief and defeat;

Because we've made

Each other complete!

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The Silent Plea of Every Heart

By Marion Jones Scroggins - April 28, 1987

Accept me, accept me, just as I am,

Is each heart's silent plea!

Love me for what I am --

Not for what you want me to be!

Don't improve me when

I've out-grown my youth;

Tact is kinder than all of your truth.

Respect me, respect me,

Just as I am,

For you've never walked in my shoes.

Love me or leave me,

Just as I am,

And keep walking the path

That you choose!

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Perfection

By Marion Jones Scroggins - April 27, 1981

Sunshine on a crystal glass

Standing in a window;

God's presence, God's love,

His peace and His splendor --

All these I see and feel

On such a perfect day;

Dogs bark in the distance,

And troubles seem far away!

The earth is green,

And the air smells of spring;

I've just had a taste

Of what Heaven will bring!

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The Silent Plea of Every Heart - Marion Jones Scroggins

Copyright 1991 by Marion Jones Scroggins - All Rights Reserved! ISBN 0-938645-53-6


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