a view from under the pew: amos tries to love trigger

By Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist

amos the churchmouse:
a view from under the pew

Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes.

amos tries to love trigger

boss being a christian mouse
in a world of heathen alleycats
ain t easy to do

just when you think
you ve got the cheese of life
figured out along comes
marcellus the cat and
turns your world topsy-turvy

last sunday pastor leroy beetle
preached about loving
one another and sharing
with those less fortunate
and the moment
he said that something
inside my little mousy heart
went pitter-pat pitter-pat
and i knew thatmessage
was for me

that afternoon boss i
decided to try it out
i decided to show my love
to trigger the trap-door spider
by being nice to him and
giving him some of my
hard-earned cheese

it wasn t easy boss
you see i never really
liked trigger to start with

he was always playing
practical jokes on folks
like trapping freddie
the flea on his way
to tea with miss sally lee
or scaring little flies
and honey bees on their
way to biology

anyway i was supposed
to love trigger so i gathered up
my cheese and headed for his
place in the weeds

trigger says i
i want you to know
that jesus loves you
and so do i
so here s some cheese
it s guaranteed to please
from your ears down to your knees

all right he grinned his
impish little grin
thanks a lot little tot
now here s a plot that s really hot
try to leave if you please
you re in my trap
cause you got zapped
and looky here why it s
marcellus the cat fancy that

and boss in the wink
of an eye he flipped his
trap and snared my tail

i was hooked with
nowhere to go staring
in the face of a hairy hell –
the mouth of marcellus
the hungry and ugly cat

but with a laugh trigger
let me go just
in the quick of time
i jumped in a hole as
the menacing claws of
marcellus swiped away
at my dusty trail

why me oh lord i moaned
and wailed i tried to do your
will why did i have to face this hell

just then on the rim of
my hiding hole sat virgil
the praying mantis the
most spiritual creature i know
virgil uttered a few little phrases
but it started me thinking in mazes

god tests whom he chooses
to bless says he

what does that mean says me
is this how he blesses me – my
hiding in a hole from adversity

it s not over yet says he trust me
you ll see remember when jesus
was baptized – god spoke -
gave his approval on his son
then the spirit drove him to
the wilderness – to the other
side of kingdom come
i m sure his situation didn t
look too bright virgil said
but he stayed faithful and
god blessed him alright -
in wisdom power and might

that s right says me
that s what i ll do
now how did you say it
that first time through

god tests whom he
chooses to bless says he

so now boss it s just a
matter of faith – trusting
him and running the race
amos