missionaries came to town today,
with shells and teeth and books.
they scattered them 'cross folding tables
so we could have a look.
we asked them lots of questions and
they shared with us their hearts.
with power point and words in red,
they urged us to take part.
such a monumental task:
to reach this whole wide world,
to see the banner of the cross
from sea to sea unfurled.
and all this talk of going forth,
fields white and labourers few
left me feeling very small,
not knowing what to do.
then, as i headed for the door,
i turned in time to see
a little girl from sunday school
looking up at me.
"do you want a piece of gum?"
she asked with blue eyes grand.
she then proceeded to lavish me
with what was in her hand.
her very own treasure, paper-wrapped,
the brightest shade of blue:
three-quarters of a cubic inch
of cotton candy goo.
i popped the morsel in my mouth
and suddenly understood
the child-like faith it takes to share
a gift that's oh so good...
when you've got something wonderful,
sweetness that's true-blue,
all you need to do is ask
a friend to taste it, too.